Since its inception, RBAI has educated boys from across Belfast and beyond, regardless of their background


The Governors recognise the importance played by education in social mobility, particularly given evidence of low educational aspiration and attainment amongst boys from disadvantaged communities.

Fees remain at a fraction of those charged by public schools offering a similar pupil experience in Great Britain. However some parents of prospective pupils and those already at the School have difficulty funding their son’s education.

The provision of bursaries supports social mobility and is central to RBAI’s ethos. We are seeking £100,000 per annum for 5 years to ensure that we continue to provide the opportunity of a first class education to all.


Developing a sustainable bursary income will:

Underwrite our commitment to the founding principles of the School, ensuring that no eligible pupil loses the opportunity of an education at RBAI.

Maintaining RBAI as the premier school for competitive swimming in Northern Ireland.

“At Inst, taking part is much more important than your background. Alongside learning, my bursary allowed me to gain so much confidence from the range of extra activities.

Anonymous Pupil

“When our circumstances changed, we were extremely grateful for the Bursary Programme, ensuring our son’s education was not impacted during a challenging time.”

Anonymous Parent