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    Welcome to Lime House School

    A fully independent co-educational boarding and day school
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    We provide affordable and quality education for pupils aged three to eighteen

Welcome to Lime House School

Lime House School, a fully independent co-educational boarding and day school providing an affordable and quality education for pupils aged six to eighteen, was founded in 1899 and moved to its present location in Dalston (near Carlisle) in 1946.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Robertson-Barnett as the new Headteacher of Lime House School with effect from 1 September 2017, succeeding Mr Nigel Rice who has held the position since 1983.

Mrs Robertson-Barnett is presently Head of Drama & Performing Arts at Strathallan School in Scotland, having held this post for 12 years. Mrs Robertson-Barnett is also experienced in teaching English and assisting Learning Support.

A graduate of Oxford University, Mrs Robertson-Barnett brings to the school her passion for learning and her commitment to ensuring that every pupil has the opportunity to become their very best selves.

She has a wealth of experience in the educational and commercial environments both at home and abroad. Mrs Robertson-Barnett will be visiting the school to meet staff and pupils before the end of the present term.

OPEN MORNING - SATURDAY 30th September 10.00am - 1.00pm

100% Scholarships available for Day Pupils - please contact admissions for further details. 

Please contact the school office if you would like to attend (01228 710225 or email headteacher@limehouseschool.co.uk)


Recognised as efficient by the Department for Education since 1930, the school was recently inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate when teaching was described as being good to outstanding and the quality of pastoral care, welfare and health and safety of the pupils was also described as outstanding.

The Headteacher, Mr N A Rice MA who has held this position since 1985 is a member of the Independent School’s Association. The school is owned by Mr Rice and Mrs Rice who is the Senior Mistress and the School Bursar, Mrs J Fisher.

Set in a rural environment where each child’s talents and potential are carefully nurtured, our curriculum encourages academic achievement alongside pupils’ sporting, cultural and personal development.

Our aim is simply to ensure that each pupil achieves his or her potential both academically and socially, each child being treated individually. They are cared for in a safe, rural environment and every attempt is made to ensure that they develop confidence and self esteem, but essentially, that they are happy. The happy child is often a successful one.

In this website we have tried to convey what is special about our school. If you have not visited, then we hope that after viewing the website and reading the prospectus you will want to come and see more of what we would provide for your child. You will be shown around the school, be able to meet the teachers, view school work, meet the pupils and enjoy a most pleasant and encouraging experience. To arrange a visit, simply contact the school and we can arrange a convenient time for you. Any prospective pupil is more than welcome to spend a taster period at the school.

LIME HOUSE SCHOOL is ranked 2nd in England (4378 schools) by the DfE for its GCE A Level performance in 2016.

DfE GCE A Level Performance Data (AAB+ in facilitating subjects)

LIME HOUSE SCHOOL is the 1st ranked school in Cumbria by the DfE on all four GCE A Level performance measures in 2016.

DfE GCE A Level Performance Data (Cumbria)

LIME HOUSE SCHOOL once again achieves outstanding GCE A Level Results in 2016

LIME HOUSE SCHOOL records a fantastic 3rd place in the Daily Telegraph 2016 Small Schools League Table - the 1st placed school in England.

LIME HOUSE SCHOOL records its best GCE A Level Results in 2015

LIME HOUSE SCHOOL is placed 2nd in the UK Daily Telegraph 2015 Small Schools League Table. Please visit the links below for further details ...