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History and Ethos

Traditional academic education since 1865 – bringing out the best in all children.

Lime House School has strong roots in the local community and has offered a traditional academic education since the late 19th century.

The school was formally established in 1899 in Wetheral, a small village located five miles to the east of Carlisle. In 2012, three Lime House School reports emerged dated 1865, adding another 34 years to the school’s long history. The school moved to its present location at Hawkesdale near the village of Dalston in 1946, and initially operated as a traditional prep school for boys up to the age of 13 under the leadership of a Mr Lovelock which continued throughout the 1950’s and early 1960’s.

In the 1960s the school was owned and run by a pioneering headmaster, Mr PJ Ingrams, who admitted girls to the school and introduced O Levels and A levels. Mr Ingrams led the school until his untimely disappearance on a climbing expedition to the Andes in 1974. After a short period with Mr A Templeton-Turner as Headmaster, the school was purchased by the owners of Riverston School in London and Mr M Lewis took over as head in 1976. The school continued to grow, partly due to the closure of two local independent schools, Grosvenor House and Overwater School in Carlisle, and in the mid-1980s was purchased by three local businessmen with children at the school, Mr C Vasey, Mr B Mandale and Mr W Brotherton. School numbers continued to grow and extra boarding houses were created in the local area, in particular at Greensyke Farm where the Junior School moved to and the girls became housed at ‘The Oaks’ in Dalston.

Since 1998 Lime House School has been owned by Mr Nigel Rice, Headmaster from 1985 until his retirement in 2017, his wife Mrs Diane Rice, Senior Housemistress and Head of Learning Support and the Bursar, Ms Jackie Fisher.  Under their combined ownership Lime House has flourished to become the unique school it is today, offering an exceptional academic education to all children within a stimulating and supportive atmosphere.

In September 2017 Mary Robertson-Barnett joined as the new Headteacher of Lime House School. Mrs Robertson-Barnett came to Lime House from Strathallan School in Scotland where she was Head of Drama & Performing Arts for the past 12 years. Mrs Robertson-Barnett is also experienced in teaching English and assisting Learning Support.  A graduate of Oxford University, Mrs Robertson-Barnett, who has a wealth of experience in the educational and commercial environments both at home and abroad, brings to the school her passion for learning and her commitment to maintaining the deep-rooted Lime House tradition of ensuring that every single pupil has the opportunity to become the very best they can be.

"Traditional academic education since 1865”