A school with more than 500 students could soon benefit from a new multi-use sports court.

Acle Academy - formerly Acle High School - has submitted plans to Broadland District Council for the new sports area to make use of an unoccupied section of its playing field.

The proposed changes would see the area converted into three tennis courts and two basketball courts within a three-metre tall fence.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Acle Academy was recently awarded good by Ofsted Acle Academy was recently awarded good by Ofsted (Image: Newsquest)

Further six-metre tall fences would provide backstops at either end of the court to prevent balls from leaving the court and entering homes that neighbour the area.

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Using a porous weatherproof surfacing, it would "suit a variety of games played at a recreational level" and meet performance requirements classified by Sport England.  

Great Yarmouth Mercury: The proposed sports court would make use of a corner section of the school's playing fieldThe proposed sports court would make use of a corner section of the school's playing field (Image: Google Maps)

Anti-slip tarmac markings would also be applied to aid in the safety of players.

The development would be the latest in a series of investments aimed at improving the once-ailing school after it was placed into special measures by regulator Ofsted in 2015.

Wensum Trust, which runs the school, has invested more than £1m in improving facilities including replacing its roofs, windows and heating over the last eight years.

The school was rated good by Ofsted inspectors last year, the second-highest rating available.