About Villiers

Villiers Secondary School is a co-educational, fee paying, boarding and day secondary school, located on the North Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland.

Founded under the will of Mrs. Hannah Villiers in 1821, Villiers is the leading national and international school in Ireland.  Villiers has a Protestant ethos and is managed jointly by the Head of School, Board of Management, and Board of Governors.

Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20011277

Board of Governors, Villiers Charitable Institutions 2022

Innovation & Tradition

As we celebrate our 200th anniversary in 2021, management and staff at Villiers embrace and maintain the traditional values of the school and balance them with modern, state of the art educational facilities, to develop an environment that engenders growth on an academic, cultural, and social level. Boarders account for over 25% of the student body, with the rest living locally.

Modern facilities include state-of-the-art science laboratories, art rooms, technology, graphics and construction labs and a large ICT suite. School classrooms have interactive white boards and other modern media. Our impressive sports facilities include a full size sports hall, hockey pitch, rugby pitch, changing rooms and cardio gym. Most recently, from 2020 to 2022, our four boarding houses have been extended and modernised. New modern, modular classrooms have been added in the rear of the school. In 2022, we also completed a number of upgrades to our catering and food services, including our dining hall and school café.

International School in Ireland

The landscape of Villiers School, which since 1953 has included the historic Tivoli House, is accompanied seamlessly by the addition and restoration of Derravoher House, which now houses our state-of-the-art library and study rooms. Derravoher is also home to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at Villiers, an international alternative to the traditional Irish Leaving Certificate program. Our first IBDP cohort graduated in 2020. Approximately 15% of senior cycle students at Villiers School are now studying the IB Diploma Programme.

Villiers School was only the second international secondary school in Ireland, and currently the only boarding school in Ireland offering students a choice between Irish and international curriculum.

We are proud to have a diverse and multicultural community, with a historical geographical profile of 93 countries and a current student and staff cohort from 45 countries.

Map of geographic locations represented by our students