Lime House School


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  • Category: Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Roll: 95 (Boys) 63 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 7-18 years
  • Founded: 1899

General Information

Lime House School was founded in 1899 and moved to its present position near Dalston in 1946. Our aim is simply to ensure that each pupil achieves his or her potential both academically and socially, with each child treated individually. Our pupils are cared for in a safe rural environment and every possible attempt is made to ensure that they develop confidence and self-esteem. That our pupils are happy is our prime concern, a happy child is often a successful one.

Lime House School is ranked 2nd in UK DfE Ranking 2017.


Refurbished Sports Hall, extensive sports fields, ICT suite, Drama and Art rooms, Design Technology room and Science laboratories.

Entrance Requirements



Available, please contact the school bursar.

Open Days

If you would like to arrange a visit, or to discuss anything in relation to our School, please email or call 01228 710225.


2018/2019. Day fees: Juniors (Years 3 - 6) £3,000 per term. Seniors £4,000 per term. Boarding fees: Juniors (Years 5 & 6) £8,250 per term. Seniors £9,750 per term. Weekly boarding is available upon request, as is flexi-boarding. Learning Support: £400 per term. Activities: £75 per term.


ISI Inspection 2017
Lime House School CReSTeD Inspection report 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Mary Robertson-Barnett

Contact for enquiries: Mrs J Fisher, Bursar

Lime House School
Holm Hill

[t]: 01228 710225

Location Description

Rural. The school is located in the north of England seven miles outside the border city of CARLISLE. Overseas students usually arrive at Newcastle (1 hour) or Manchester (2 hours) airports and the school will collect students from these airports. London is a 3 hour rail journey from Carlisle. Although set in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside the school is easily reached from Junction 42 of M6.

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School News

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Congratulations must be given to Max Ching and his team, who make up the  interestingly named ‘Xbox not good’ team in this year’s London Institute

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of Banking & Finance Student Investor Challenge.

He manged to increase his virtual investment of £100,000 to over £110,000 in 3 months, and as a result, was placed in the top 60 of nearly 5000 teams from anywhere in the world. This sees him through to the Semi-finals, where he will be competing with 500  teams from UK schools only this time, aiming for the finals, and – hopefully- being the winning team, who will receive a trip to New York!

Honourable mention must also be made of Shiny Shi and Andrew Robinson, whose teams finished 353rd and inside the top 1000 respectively.

For the second year running Lime House School has been ranked in the top 100 schools in England & Wales according to the Department for

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Education’s School Performance tables released last week. This reflects the school’s GCE A level performance in 2017 and compares the school’s performance with 4417 other schools. The tables reflect the performance of A level students in achieving at least AAB in what are called facilitating subjects (Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English Literature, Geography, History and Modern Languages) for entry to the top Universities in the UK (Russell group). The school was ranked 1st in Cumbria (46 schools).

The pupils and staff are absolutely elated with these results and, when announced to the students, the response was applause and cheering. Parents from various parts of the world are equally delighted. Congratulations on the hard work of all the staff in the school but, more importantly, the effort, enthusiasm and work displayed by a highly motivated student population.

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Lime House School has a long history of providing students with an outstanding provision for learning and development. Our inspection reports and A Level/GCSE results

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reflect our outstanding provision and quality year after year and now we are proud to announce our first summer school.

Lime House Summer School thrives to deliver a high quality programme for students both academically and socially. Making the most of our outstanding teachers and beautiful surroundings, we have designed programmes that ensure every student has an experience to remember at very affordable prices. With a choice of two academic courses, a unique and exciting excursion programme alongside fun evening activities, Lime House Summer School is the best option for your summer’s academic choice.

Here are just a few reasons to join Lime House for your 2017 Summer School

  • Our flexible manner means that with our cooperation, we will be able to help you make the most of your summer school experience.
  • Our boarding facilities are adequate for small or large groups (as well as individuals) of both boys and girls.
  • As an international boarding school, we accept and cater for a wide range of religious, dietary, cultural and special educational needs requirements.
  • If you’re joining a boarding school in September 2017 we will happily arrange transport
  • Lime House School, in the northern county of Cumbria, is located in a safe and secluded area. However, excursions to big cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh are possible.
  • Being situated on the fringe of the Lake District is something that we pride ourselves on and our close proximity makes frequent visits to the National Park possible.

Lime House School is fairly buzzing around the Mathematics department. We enjoyed some tremendous results in the United Kingdom Mathematics Challenge, every student who

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entered had a certificated result. One bronze for a student who would have done significantly better if he had only read the rules of the competition, three silver awards and a magnificent twelve gold awards. This competition is held nationwide and gold awards are not easily achieved, therefore such a bumper crop is to be celebrated. Two students Yilia and Kathy deserve even greater plaudits as they both scored the absolute maximum marks possible. This is extraordinarily rare, so well done girls.

The gold medallists have all sat for the second round of the competition curiously called the Kangaroo and the top eight also qualified for the “prize” of another three and a half hour Maths paper (for fun) in the extremely challenging British Maths Olympiad. The results of this are eagerly awaited.

Congratulations to John Coulthard who has successfully completed a course of additional Mathematics study held at the Carlisle University campus for a period of several recent Saturdays. Lime House thanks those who arrange these stretching and absorbing sessions for talented young people.

We are very pleased to have won the Northern final of the UKMT team challenge held in Caldew School recently. Thank you Caldew. Michael, Betty, Tatiana and the last minute substitute Sean are looking forward to taking part in the National Finals in London next February. Commiserations to Nelson Thomlinson, the runners up, we know how galling it is to come second but they were very sporting in defeat and an example to other schools.

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