North Wingfield shown within Derbyshire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||North Wingfield|
|District||North East Derbyshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||S42 5|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||North East Derbyshire|
North Wingfield is a large village in the English county of Derbyshire, located approximately 4½ miles south-east of Chesterfield, and 1 mile north-east of Clay Cross. It is in the North East Derbyshire district. The A6175 road from the M1 motorway to the A61 road runs through the village.
The village contains the former hamlets of Hepthorne Lane, Hillyfields, Highfields and Church Hill. The Hepthorne Lane area is still called by its name by local residents, as, occasionally, is the Highfields area. The River Rother flows through the village at the bottom of Hepthorne Lane, next to the Midland Main Line.
During the Domesday Book survey in 1086, the manor of North Wingfield was known as Winnefelt. It was noted that there was a church and a priest. Parts of the current church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, date from the Norman era, with some features being Saxon in origin.
The manor of North Wingfield during the Domesday surveys was in the possession of Walter De Ayncourt. The name eventually became shortened to Deincourt, which is now used by the village's secondary school, Deincourt Community School.
Located in the former coalfields, the village was served by several collieries for most of its recent history. Now, partly due to its location near to the M1 motorway and its three schools, the village has experienced an influx of residents in recent years, with many housing developments having taken place.
In November 2007, Ofsted placed Deincourt Community School under 'special measures', due to inspectors' concerns about falling standards at the school. In 2008 the school was earmarked for closure with the 473 students at the school possibly being transferred to the newly built Tibshelf School. Should these plans go ahead, the site could be partly used to construct a new £6.5m building for a new, combined primary school in the village.
Derbyshire County Council plans to close Deincourt Community School as part of its Building Schools for the Future scheme; it is proposed that the catchment areas of Tupton Hall School and Tibshelf School will be extended.
North Wingfield Primary School was founded in Victorian times; it was formerly an infant and junior school on a split site but is now a primary school with the headteacher Mrs. Christene Leeson.Ofsted has now placed the school under 'special measures', due to inspectors' concerns about falling standards and teaching at the school.
Neighbouring settlements are Tupton, Grassmoor, Holmewood, Pilsley, Danesmoor and Clay Cross. North Wingfield is quite a distance away from its counterpart South Wingfield, which is around 11 miles southwards.
- Two GP surgeries
- Post Office
- Midlands Co-operative Society Supermarket
- Sure Start centre (information)
- Community Resource Centre (information)
- Various locally-run shops.
- Recycling facilities
- "Struggling school faces closure". BBC News. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- "Consultation Paper: Proposal to close Deincourt Community School and increase the Planned Admission Number of Tibshelf Community School when it Relocates to a New Site and Extend the Normal Area of Tupton Hall School , however, when the coalition government came into power, the BFS programme was scrapped and Deincourt community school was renamed Tibshelf Community School ( North Wingfield Site)" (PDF). Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
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