Wilbarston Parish Council

Serving the people of Wilbarston

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Clerk: Mrs Becky Jones
1 Castle Road, Wellingborough
Northamptonshire NN8 1LL

Tel: 01933 273028

Wilbarston Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make Wilbarston a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Wilbarston is a pleasant village which enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding Welland Valley countryside. It contains a mix of development styles and phases but retains a distinct historical core of traditional buildings which characterise the majority of the village. The village's facilities include a school, shop / Post Office, village hall, open space and pub. Streets are generally closely lined with continuous built form (buildings or boundary walls) giving a strong sense of enclosure. Most buildings are parallel to the street, but some are gable end on. Frontages are densely packed, with long ranges and gardens behind. Typically the built form tightly encloses the street on one side, and is set back on the other in a staggered arrangement. The agricultural heritage is clear and rural mews and historic farmsteads form distinct character traits, with buildings frequently clustered together or set in linear ranges running parallel or at 90 degrees to the street, forming small linear yards.

Common to all historic areas is a limited palette of materials – ironstone and limestone, often in coursed bands with limited areas of render. Brick buildings are less common but are in soft reds. Roofs are generally of slate or stone slate, and thatch. Views in Wilbarston combine an interplay between open expansive views of the landscape, particularly to the north and west, and tight controlled views along historic streets, for example Barlows Lane.

Historic development is generally better related to the streetscene with buildings fronting onto and defining the streets. More recent developments tend to be set back and arranged in inward looking cul-de-sacs and are less reflective of the local vernacular.

Wilbarston has a Parish Plan which has been adopted by the Council as informal policy. The Parish Plan has been used to inform the preparation of this document.

Latest News

Incident of Vehicle Crime Carlton Road Wilbarston 17/05/2019 10:23:52 [270547]

Posted: Mon, 20 May 2019 12:00 by Becky Jones

An incident took place at Carlton Road Wilbarston on 17/5/19 at 10.23 UNKNOWN PERSON/S HAVE GAINED ENTRY TO IP'S VAN CAUSING NO DAMAGE, STEALING ITEMS FROM WITHIN.

Did you see anyone loitering around in the area?
Please do not hesitate to call 101 (or 999 if a crime is in progress).

If you have seen or heard anything that you feel may be helpful or may aid the Police in their investigation, please contact the main enquiry number (101) and quote Crime Number: 19000247190

Lost Engagement Ring

Lost Engagement Ring

Posted: Mon, 20 May 2019 11:35 by Becky Jones

Have you seen this engagement ring?

Heartbroken member of the public is calling on residents in the hope that her engagement ring that holds over 40 years of memories may have been found

It is believed a ring similar to this may have been lost in either Wilbarston Sports Field, or in the lay-by outside it in January

If you can help please contact

Lesley on 07793 212450

Wilbarston CEVE Primary School Report

Posted: Wed, 15 May 2019 10:36 by Becky Jones

ACPC report 2019

We had another busy and successful year at school over the last year. Our year 6 children moved on to new schools and it was lovely that during their exit questionnaires they told us that we had achieved our vision of giving them key skills and leaving with happy memories of their time with us. We are delighted when children tell us that.

It was a busy year for staffing with a new teacher in our Foundation Stage, Victoria Burgess, and Katie Curran on maternity leave from November to late June. Rebecca Fortnum who taught Year 3/4 also moved on to gain experience in a larger school setting. More »

From September we restructured our office and now share our new School Business Manager. Michelle Johnston who was our School Bursar is now our School Business Manager, shared with Rushton Primary. Mrs Johnston completed a 2-year qualification for this role and this means we have an administration clerk (Emma Brown) in the office on Thursdays and Fridays. It is great for Mrs Johnston, who we value greatly as she is now promoted to schools' finance and health and safety in both schools, and it means we retain her as an employee rather than losing her as part of her promotion.

During the last year we have had another successful year for our Key Stage 2 results – once again they improved and our maths results at the highest level (representing age 14) was outstanding with 64% of the children gaining this level. We were thrilled with the hard work we have put into our maths improvements paying off. We also made maths the focus of our peer assessment programme. Within the MAT schools, senior leaders work in groups to monitor and investigate a key issue each year. This was an area we had worked on to improve and we are delighted with it. We must now improve our writing standards at the highest level, which is a real challenge as although our children read what they read tends to be popular fiction which doesn't help them attain the highest level. At this level, children should demonstrate what their own individual writerly style – this is very tricky for 11 year olds!

This year we are working hard to improve our writing standards in each class so that the children build those skills for that higher standard in time. We are also working hard to publicise our school to build numbers at this challenging time. The housing market is stagnant and the new builds have failed to generate the numbers of children expected by developers and the County Council. Most schools in the MAT have many spaces. Loatlands was extended to manage the new estate growth and still has empty classrooms. We are now in 4 classes. We now have a public Facebook page to show off all the exciting things we do at school and our website has been revamped to be more attractive and modern and also links into Google so we have higher web visibility for those looking for schools in our area.

We said farewell to Rev. Sally Hughes in December as our school vicar. At our Christmas Service we presented her with a commissioned carving to thank her for all her hard work over the years. She is much missed. We are having half termly visits from the schools' vicar from the Diocese, Rev Doug Spencely, to provide some input to children from the church. We are also still seeking support from other sources. Of course, we are delighted that Sally remains a valued governor at the school.

In March we had our scheduled OFSTED inspection, which came a few months early. We are delighted that the inspector recognised the hard work of the whole staff team, our partnership working with parents and the dedication of our governors during the process. The inspector agreed the focus of our improvement work on reading and writing was appropriate and could see the impact of work so far in this area. Our children attain well against national standards – we were the highest performing school in the Kettering area last year; but due to the change in curriculum and tests since 2014 children's progress has appeared less positive. From next year children will all have taken the new SATS so comparison will be on a level playing field. That said, we know our children read but do not read widely. We are working to develop our English scheme to ensure pupils experience a wider range of reading material that they would not choose and that they are able to model some of the styles and techniques used more confidently in their own work. This would allow more pupils to attain the higher standard of "greater depth" than do at present. This is an issue for many schools in our MAT and across the country so we are not alone in tackling this issue.

Also on the positive side the inspector commented on how well our children enjoyed school, the strongly positive parental views of school and that our children enjoyed great relationships with each other and the staff.

In other news, we have 2 new governors who have joined our board and different committees. We are being supported by the Diocese pastorally so Rev. Doug Spenceley continues to come to lead worship and our main church services. We had a lovely Easter service that was well attended by families before the Easter break.

This term the Y2 and Y6 children have their SATS tests and we will enjoy our traditional Midsummer Fair, Choral Festival and the usual Sports Day picnic and races, Wilbarston's Got Talent, the Potted Sports event and, finally, the Leavers Service.

Finally, we have school hens! The children in Robin Class (our youngest) hatched some hens from the Happy Egg Company and we now have 3 hens laying eggs. The children love this. We also had a mobile farm pay a visit. We have also revamped our garden area with the help of some volunteers and the Flamingos class. Among the new beds, we created a school community garden bed with families donating bulbs – it will be riot of colour and all shapes and sizes.

As can be seen, another very busy year in our church school. » Less