2010/2011 Financial Guideline 03

Preparation of Annual Accounts in Voluntary Secondary Schools

Guideline for Accountants

The Financial Support Services Unit (FSSU) was set up by the Department of Education and Science in September 2004 in order to assist schools in the Voluntary Secondary sector to comply with the requirements of Section 18 of the Education Act 1998. All schools are obliged to prepare a set of annual accounts, a copy of which must be submitted to the FSSU each year once they have been approved by the Board of Management and the school’s Trustees/Patron. This requirement is set out in the Department of Education and Science Circular, M36/05 (Appendix 1). The role of the FSSU has been delegated to the Joint Managerial Body (JMB) Secretariat of Secondary Schools.

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