RBAI has enjoyed a distinguished history in the teaching of science, and continues to provide alternative curriculum pathways for Scientists

Science Department

Alongside the traditional disciplines: Chemistry, Biology and Physics, Triple Award Science has been introduced to enhance learning opportunities for our brightest pupils, some of whom also study GCSE Astronomy, which is taught outside the core school timetable.

Starting in 2018, a rolling renovation programme will see 12 specialist laboratories upgraded through three successive summers, providing a first class learning environment.

RBAI - Science Dept
RBAI - Science Dept


The renovation of the science facilities will benefit pupils by:

Creating laboratories which are similar to commercial science laboratories, with a focus on greater collaboration, the use of technology, and open space learning.

Reinforcing RBAI’s position as a leading academic institution with an enviable track record in science.

Providing a stimulating teaching and learning environment.


2017 – Angus Harley scored 600 out of 600 in A2 Physics, the highest score in Northern Ireland. Having achieved third place in his A2 Mathematics during his lower sixth year (Year 13), Angus is now reading Engineering at Jesus College, Cambridge.

2016 – Omar Helmy achieved the highest A2 scores in Northern Ireland for Chemistry and Biology, enabling him to read Medicine at Jesus College, Cambridge.

“During early lab work with my peers at Stanford, I was struck by how well we had been prepared at Inst. Having worked in a range of scientific laboratories around the world, I see that these proposals are perfect for future pupils.”

Alastair Herron (RBAI 2006-13)
Achieved 7 A*s at A level, before studying Chemistry at Stanford University in California. Following graduation in 2017, Alastair then began work towards a PhD degree at the prestigious Scripps Research Institute in California, having received offers from Princeton, MIT, and Berkeley.ved the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Emerging Engineers Award in 2016. He works for Skanska UK, a leading international project development and construction company.
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