About us

The SEC was established in 1968 to administer the Protestant Block Grant Scheme agreed with the Department of Education when the free capitation education scheme was introduced.  The SEC scheme is administered in accordance with the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education and Skills. This M.O.U. is reviewed regularly by the Department.

Grants are allocated through a means-tested process in accordance with strict criteria.

Grants awarded are paid to the relevant school to off-set school fees and not directly to the applicant.

The allocation of all grant funding is subject to the oversight of the SEC and is audited annually by Deloitte, with further annual reporting to the Department of Education and Skills with whom on-going contact is maintained.

The Secondary Education Committee (SEC) is a Limited Company limited by guarantee with a charitable purpose: to allocate grant aid to facilitate and allow parents from Protestant faith traditions to send their children to a Protestant second level school.

The Board of Directors comprises representatives of the four religious patrons of second level schools under a ‘Protestant’ management, namely the Church of Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and the Society of Friends (Quaker).

Our Board of Directors


Hazel Corrigan (Chairperson)

Bill Thompson (Deputy Chairperson)

Roy Crowe

Joyce Ryder

David Lee

Áine Ennis

Rev. Robert Jones

Kara Turner

Elizabeth Hassell

Wilfred Baker

Rev. Gerard Clinton

Bill Thompson

Secretary:  Dr. K.W. Fennelly

 SEC Manager: Dr. E.J.J. Walsh

Registered No. 349370.  Registered Charity No. 20012021. CHY No. 6487.

Privacy Policy

Data Sharing Statement

I/We confirm that I/we understand and acknowledge that it is necessary for SEC to share my/our personal data (including but not limited to the information provided in the Registration Form and Application Form and/or any other information relevant to the grant) with other bodies (including but not limited to the Department of Education and Skills, Revenue Commissioners, and other Government bodies, other charities and/or grant-giving bodies etc) for the purposes of processing my/our application, to ensure the applicant is eligible for receipt of a grant, for validation purposes, to prevent and detect fraud, to ensure SEC is administering the means test correctly and taking account of any other grants/charitable bodies to whom I/we may have applied to for financial assistance, for verification purposes, and to ensure the Protestant Block Grant is used effectively to identify necessitous applicants. I understand and acknowledge that these data are shared for the performance of the contract (or to take steps prior to entering into a contract) and for performance of a task carried out in the exercise of official authority vested in the SEC, namely our public task in administering the Protestant Block Grant funded by the Department of Education and Skills. I/We confirm and acknowledge that SEC sharing this information with the school may reveal religious beliefs of me/us/our child, and I/we confirm and acknowledge that such processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, namely the substantial public interest in assisting necessitous children of the Protestant community in accessing second level education in a school that accords with their faith tradition.