COVID 19 / Coronavirus

Means Tests for the 2021/22 school year are currently being finalised and applicants will be notified of outcomes in the week commencing 10 May

COVID 19 / Coronavirus

The SEC office is working at reduced capacity. There may be delays in reaching the office by telephone so the fastest way to make any enquiry is to email We are grateful for your patience at this time.

About us

The SEC administers the Protestant Block Grant Scheme which is funded 100% from the Department of Education and Skills.


Schools under Protestant management

Recognised Protestant Denominations

Welcome to the SEC

This site is to assist parents of children of the protestant community who wish to send them to a secondary school of their own faith tradition in the Republic of Ireland.

We intend this to be the single source of information on eligibility and other information about the Protestant Block grant Scheme. Criteria are set in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education and skills.

This site will also be the entry point for grant applications replacing the reliance on paper application forms.

Acknowledgment is due to the Department of Education and Skills for their continued funding of the scheme since the 1960s.

Anonymous Testimonials

‘We are very grateful to the SEC for the support we received over the last 12 years. Without this help we could not have managed to send our children to a school of our own ethos given the distance and the need to have them board for their time in school. They have all done well and we hope they continue to do so in life. Many thanks’