The Education Minister was in south Belfast before Christmas to cut the first sod for the new £3.5million Taughmonagh Primary School on Findon Gardens.
Caitríona Ruane said: “The project represents an investment by my Department of over £3.5million and is a flagship development for the community of south Belfast.
“It is also the first to proceed of the 14 brand new school projects I announced in August, when I confirmed that up to £23million could be spent on new schools’ building and maintenance works before the end of March 2011.
“The new school will provide fantastic learning and development facilities for children and young people in what is an area of social disadvantage,” she said.
“Taughmonagh Primary School already acts as a focal point for the local community and I have no doubt that the new facilities will enable the school to make an even greater contribution to life in the area.
“I would like to pay tribute to the Principal, governors, staff, parents and the local community, all of whose hard work and commitment are crucial to the success of this project.”
The Minister added: “Good facilities are essential if we are to continue to raise educational standards for all local children and young people and give them the best chances in later life. I will therefore continue to highlight the vital importance of investment in the schools estate.”
Building work is expected to be completed by December 2011 with the remaining work on the site to be finished by June 2012.