School fencing could be required in Belfast after construction work began on a new building in the area.

A new £2 million state-of-the-art school will be built on the outskirts of Draperstown over the next 13 months ahead of its opening in September 2012.

Around 175 pupils will be able to be accommodated at the two-acre site, while a dining room, sports hall, special needs room and new playground will also be unveiled, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

Education minister John O'Dowd told the news provider that the government is continuing to spend out on money for new schools.

"The start of this construction represents an investment of almost £2 million by my department in the future of the children that attend St Columba's Primary School," he explained.

"However, these are very difficult financial times and we need to rethink our priorities for future capital investment."

Isle of Man school fencing could also be installed in the coming months as a £33.8 million project gets the go-ahead.

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