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Posted by Admin on 19 September 2016 11:07 PM

It's that time of year again. The NI Branch School kicks off the Autumn term on Saturday 24th September at 9.30am. The venues are listed below. Please note that the North-West Venue has changed to Oakgrove Integrated College (BT47 6TG).

Mid-Ulster: Cookstown Primary School, Coolnafranky, Cookstown
Co. Fermanagh: Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen
Co. Down: Edenderry Primary School, Lurgan Road, Banbridge
North-West: Oakgrove Integrated College, Gransha Park, Londonderry

The Mid-Ulster Centre will have Drum Major tuition as a new addition for 2016/17.

The Branch School are also offering a number of Discounted Fees options:

Household Discounted Fees
Multiple Students attending the School from the same household will be subject to the following Fees:
2 Students - £25 each
3 or more students - £20 each

Young Student Discounted Fees
The fees for students attending the School who are in Primary 6 or 7 will be £25.
The fees for students attending the School who are in Primary 5 or lower will be £20.

If you would like to take advantage of any of the discount fees please contact the Branch Office (info@rspbani.org or 02892670445) or your local Centre Coordinator so that your account can be enable for the reduced rate.

All Centres will be teaching on the first day and it would be helpful if as many students as possible could register on the website before Saturday. We've made it even easier to sign up this year.

For returning students or new students with an existing account on the system:

  1. Login
  2. Click 'My Account' (On top grey bar)
  3. Click on 'Branch School' tab
  4. Click the 'Register with Branch School' Link and follow instructions.

For new students without an account on the Branch website please click on the following link and register then follow the instructions above to sign up with the Branch School. (If you area competing Drum Major or played at the recent All-Ireland Solos you already have an account.)


If you have any query or problem accessing the website please contact admin@rspbani.org

Posted by Admin on 11 August 2016 10:51 AM

The R.S.P.B.A. Northern Ireland Branch are delighted to announce that David Middleton has been appointed to the position of School Principal.

Branch School Committee Chairman Darren Frew said, "When our previous Principal informed us that, due to a change in personal circumstances, he no longer had the time to dedicate to the role we didn't want to be rushed in to an appointment and made some interim arrangements. Our top priority was to recruit the right individual for the job. In all recruitment processes you accept that it is unlikely you'll find an individual that meets all criteria. In this instance we have been very fortunate as David pretty much ticked every box:

  • He has recently completed S.Q.A. and R.S.P.B.A. qualifications within the School.
  • He is a current tutor for the School.
  • He is the Co-ordinator of the North-West Centre and therefore has a good knowledge of the day to day administration of the School.
  • David has a playing pedigree at the highest level with over a decade as a Piper in the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.
  • He is a Chemistry teacher at Oakgrove Integrated College and will be able to bring the a great deal of educational experience to the role. 

The Branch School has been very successful over the past number of years, but always strives to be better and David shares that continuous improvement vision. David has all the skills, experience and enthusiasm to guide the Branch School in the next stage of its development."

Branch Chairman Ray Hall added, "We have been very fortunate to be able to appoint David to the School Principal position. His qualifications, experience and track record in the Pipe Band movement are at the very highest level. I have no doubt David will be a valuable asset to the School and we look forward to working with him in his new role."

New Principal, David Middleton replied, "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take on the role as Principal of the Branch School.  I would hope, with the support of the committee, we can move the school forward and build on its success to date."

Posted by Admin on 20 July 2016 6:14 PM

The RSPBA NI Branch School seek expressions of interest for the post of School Principal.

Candidate Essential Criteria:

        1 Have good verbal and written communication skills.
        2 Experience of delivering a project to a budget.
        3 Competence in the use of software packages Microsoft Word & Excel.
        4 Experience in people management
        5 Willingness to participate in, and deliver, training.
        6 Availability for a small number of evening and weekend meetings.

Candidate Desirable Criteria:

        1 Have attained a high level (SCQF6/PDQB4) in current Pipe Band Discipline examinations or equivalent.
        2 Have experience of working in an educational environment.
        3 Have a track record of experience and success in the Pipe Band world.

The post is voluntary but reasonable expenses will be paid and equipment provided.
Anyone wishing to express an interest should contact Ian Burrows in the Branch Office on:
02892670445 or ian.burrows@rspbani.org by noon on Wednesday 27th July 2016.

The Selection Panel reserve the right to shortlist based on any of the essential or desirable criteria.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 5 June 2016 5:52 PM

Please see attached information on the Mid-Ulster Pipes and Drums Summer School being run in conjunction with Mid-Ulster District Council and the Music Service for Pipes and Drums.

Please book early as places are limited.

Posted by Admin on 5 January 2016 10:55 PM

The Christmas turkey and New Year celebrations are still fresh in the mind but it's time to get back to School this Saturday, 9th January. Centres will be open to welcome new and returning students. Just click on the following link http://www.rspbani.org/school/school.php and if you already have an account on the system just sign in and sign up. If you didn't attend the School in the last term or you don't have an account on the website just follow the same link and register. You can pay by Paypal including credit and debit cards online or by cheque to your Centre Coordinator. The course fee is still a very reasonable £30 for the 10 week session.

Mid-Ulster               Cookstown Primary School, Coolnafranky, Cookstown
Co. Fermanagh     
Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen
Co. Down              
Edenderry Primary School, Lurgan Road, Banbridge
Lisneal College, 70 Crescent Link, Londonderry

Why not 'Like' or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rspbanischool or follow us on twitter @rspbanischool

Posted by Admin on 17 September 2015 12:54 AM

Just 9 days to go until the start of the Autumn 2015 Term at the NI Branch School. Check out the Centre details at http://rspbani.org/viewnews.php?id=998. All courses cost only £3 per week for the 10 week term and we're now accepting PayPal including Debit and Credit Card for online payment. Thanks to all those that have signed up already, it's extremely helpful to know pretty acurate numbers before the term starts. If you'd like to be an R.S.P.B.A. Adjudicator/Tutor/Teacher or just want to increase your Piping | Drumming | Drum Major knowledge then the N.I. Branch School offer the full range of nationally recognised qualifiactions to help you reach your goal. If you haven't had a chance to sign up yet, there's no time like the present! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Posted by Admin on 8 September 2015 2:55 PM

The NI Branch School will be open for the new term on Saturday 26th September at 9.30am. The 4 centres are as follows:

Edenderry Primary School
Cookstown Primary School
Erne Integrated College
Lisneal College

There is a new online course registration system. Go to the School Webpage and click on the 'Register with Branch School' Link at the top of the page. If you already have an account on the Branch website just log in and follow the instructions. If you don't have an account then complete the details to sign up. (Note if you are a competing Drum Major then you do have an account on the system. If you do not know how to access your account please send an email to admin@rspbani.org and we'll make the details available to you.)

Why not give the Branch School a like on facebook http://www.facebook.com/rspbanischool or follow us on twitter @rspbanischool. There will be regular updates throughout the term on these channels.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 19 September 2014 11:02 AM

Please see attached document regarding the RSPBANI Branch School programme 2014-15.