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Voluntary Grammar Schools

Voluntary Grammar Schools

A Voluntary Grammar (VG) School is a post-primary school managed by a Board of Governors, which consists of persons appointed in line with each school’s scheme of management (usually trustees or foundation governors) along with representatives of parents and teachers and, in most cases, members appointed by the Department of Education.

The Board of Governors of a VG school is the employing authority, and, as such, is responsible for the employment of all staff (both teaching and non-teaching) in its school.

The transfer of the funding authority responsibility for all Voluntary Grammar Schools transferred from the Department of Education to the Education Authority from 1 April 2017. The transfer will involve the following administrative arrangements of the VG Schools Funding Authority function;

  • Funding authority for VG schools;
  • Financial monitoring for VG schools;
  • VG schools VAT claims processing; and
  • Management of VG schools redundancy programmes.

The transfer will not involve any potential policy changes. The responsibility for the Common Funding Scheme will remain with the Department.


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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