About Us

About

The GBA is open to all Voluntary Grammars throughout
Northern Ireland, valuing member schools as they provide a
world-class education for over one third of all post-primary
pupils in Northern Ireland. The close working relationship
with our members has allowed us to continue to build on
cross-community links in education, drawing members
from both the Catholic and non-denominational sectors.

Objectives

To promote, foster and develop close working relationships amongst voluntary grammar schools and other educational bodies

To promote, foster and develop close working relationships amongst voluntary grammar schools and other educational bodies

Voluntary Grammar Schools

Although member schools are different in age, size and
composition, they share important characteristics in common,
they are the employers of all members of staff and responsible
for entering contracts, arranging services, ordering materials
and equipment, insuring and protecting members of staff,
buildings, facilities and equipment, dealing with financial issues
as they arise, undertaking the duties described in the
foundation documents as well as carrying out all the statutory
duties and responsibilities demanded of other grant aided
schools.

The fact that governing bodies are the managing authorities of
the schools and required by their foundation documents to
promote the values on which they are based gives them a
profound sense of trusteeship and engagement. Governors are
closely and directly involved in both the business and the
fundamental values and principles of their schools and are
more directly accountable for what happens in them.

A Voluntary Grammar school has a larger degree of autonomy in terms of the governance of its’ school, than other sectors. Because the governors of voluntary schools are individually and collectively accountable for the management of their schools’ finances they monitor the use of available resources carefully, to use funds to the best effect.

Governing Bodies in the Voluntary Sector can and do act quickly to respond to changing circumstances. Because of the degree of autonomy enjoyed as employers, managers of their own resources and local, close engagement with their schools, they are well aware of the implications of proposed changes and well equipped to respond swiftly and flexibly.

Membership

The GBA is open to all Voluntary Grammars throughout Northern Ireland, valuing member schools as they provide a world-class education for over one third of all post-primary pupils in Northern Ireland. The close working relationship with our members has allowed us to continue to build on cross-community links in education, drawing members from both the Catholic and non-denominational sectors.

What we do

Members of the GBA pro-actively engage with other educational partners in Northern Ireland including the Department of Education, the Education Authority, other sectoral organisations, Universities, along with the various churches.

Support is also provided, in appropriate ways to Governors, Principals, Teachers, Pupils and Parents with members working on a voluntary basis for all young people in Northern Ireland.

School

County Antrim

County Armagh

County Down

County Fermanagh

County Derry / Londonderry

County Tyrone

GBANI Team

Nuala

Helen

Executive
Committee

The GBA Executive Committee operates in a voluntary capacity for a three year term. Committee members are drawn from the Boards of Governors of their constituent schools and meet on a voluntary basis every 4-6 weeks.

Co-opted members are added as and when required, bringing additional professional skills, experience and expertise to the work of the board.

The Officers of the Executive including the Chair (serving two years) Vice-Chairs (incoming and outgoing) and Treasurer, is advised and serviced by a Director who also performs the day-to-day functions of the organisation.

Head of Technology

Leo O’Reilly

Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock

Vice Chairperson

Ronnie Hassard

Campbell College

Vice Chairperson

Jacqueline Weir

Belfast Royal Academy 

Treasurer

Teresa Campbell

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Members

Stephen Black

Ballymena Academy

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Professor John Gillespie

Dalriada School

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Stephen Gowdy

The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

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Dr Paul Blair

Bangor Grammar School

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Sir Gerry Loughran

St Malachy’s College

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Dermot Mullan

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Jacqui O’Neill

St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena

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Terry McDaid

Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School

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Jacinta Bradley

Lumen Christi College 

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Rosemary Bailie

Strathearn School

Chief Executive Officer

Nuala O’Neill

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Schools’ Support Officer

Dr Helen McNally

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