Welcome Pack

Welcome Pack

The following has been written so that each member of the school will know what is expected of him/her, so that pupils and staff can work together to achieve success.

The demands made of each individual are small, but the total achievement will be one of outstanding value to the school as a community.


In addition:-

  1. Running shouting or whistling in the building is not allowed.
  2. Audio equipment, TV’s etc.., will be played at a reasonable volume so as not to disturb others.
  3. For Health and Safety reasons smoking is not allowed in the dormitories or school grounds. We would prefer it if you did not smoke at all. To encourage this staff who do smoke will not smoke in front of you.
  4. Swearing is not allowed.
  5. Graffiti/defacing of school property is not allowed.
  6. Chewing gum is not allowed.
  7. Consumption of alcohol on school premises or in school grounds is not allowed.
  8. Damage to school property, accidental or otherwise, must be reported to duty staff immediately.
  9. Waste paper and other rubbish must always be placed in one of the bins provided.
  10. Kettles, toasters, rice cookers are not allowed to be used in dormitories. Facilities and opportunities are provided in the dining room.


Boarders are under the care of the Head of Pastoral Care Mrs Donna Alderman and the resident house mothers, Mrs J Fisher (Director of Boarding) and Mrs D Rice.

Boys are housed within the main body of the school in house areas, the girls board in The Cottage within the grounds according to age.

Lights out are set by age, starting at 8:45p.m.- 11:00p.m. These are strictly followed during the week but are flexible at weekends. The years 12 and 13 have ‘quiet time’ from 10:30pm. Years 12 and 13 are encouraged to manage their own lives to prepare for life outside of school.

Parental permission for weekend leave should be obtained by at least Thursday prior to the weekend, preferably in writing but a telephone call to the Office will normally suffice.

The school can purchase train tickets, with prior consent from parents. Pupils returning to school by train on a Sunday evening must arrive at Carlisle station before 5:00p.m. Anyone arriving after 5:00p.m. must take a taxi back to school.

The school charge to transport pupils to and from the station, as is all other transport charged at a minimal rate.

There are three Pay Telephones for boarder’s use.

  • 01228 710408 (Boys)
  • 01228 711107 (Boys)
  • 01228 710406 (Girls)

Students can receive forward faxes via the school office.

Boarding pupils are allowed mobile telephones, however they are not allowed during the school day.

Staff can be contacted on 01228 710225 8:30a.m.- 4:15pm and 01228 712924 after 4:15pm.


A high standard of conduct and manners is expected of all pupils both in and out of school. The Headmaster maintains the right of control out of school in all matters, which may affect the reputation of the school.

Disorderly or discourteous behaviour of any kind is considered a school offence and will be treated accordingly.

Boarding Routine

Weekday Routine

7:00am Rising Bell - Toileting, Dorm tidy, School bag packed
8:00 - 8:20am Dorms locked/Breakfast
4:15pm School finishes
4:30 - 5:30pm Activities for Juniors, Yrs 7, 8 & 9
4:30 - 5:45pm Prep for Yr 10 and above
5:30 - 6:30pm Supper
6:00 - 7:00pm Prep Juniors
7:00 - 8:00pm Prep for pupils who are falling behind
7:00pm Free Time - Return to dormitory areas
8:00pm Snacks in the dining room
8:45pm First lights out
9:00 - 10:00pm Girls to the cottage

Saturday Routine

7:00am Rising Bell - Toileting, dorm tidy
8:00am Breakfast
9:00 - 12noon Activities Juniors, Yrs 7, 8 & 9
  Exam practice - Yrs 10 and above
12:15pm Lunch
1:00pm Weekend Activities
5:00pm Supper
  Free Time/organized activity
  Lights out extended by 30 minutes

Sunday Routine

8:30am Rising Bell
9:00 - 9:30am Breakfast
9:30 - 12noon Free Time/organized activity
12noon Brunch
1:00pm Free Time/organized activity
5:00pm Supper
9:00 - 10:00pm Girls to the Cottage
  Lights out as weekdays

Those pupils returning from weekend leave and requiring school transport from the Railway Station before 5:00p.m. are requested to arrange this in advance to minimize the wait at the station. Please contact 01228 712924 to arrange collection from the station.


Pupils wishing to bring cars or other vehicles to school should:

  1. Write for permission to do so from the Headmaster.
  2. Produce proof of adequate insurance for the vehicle.
  3. Permission in writing from parents of any pupil under 18 years of age wishing to travel in that vehicle.

Disciplinary Measure for Smoking

As per school policy.

Disciplinary Measures and Sanctions

  1. Loss of privileges. E.g. Early bed/lights out, use of audio equipment/TV, Gating.
  2. Order marks. Totalled during the year and indicate poor behaviour. Once a total of 20 have been reached a Saturday detention is given.
  3. Jobs to include:
    • Dining room jobs (floor sweeping, clearing and cleaning of tables)
    • Removal of graffiti from walls, beds, etc.
    • Litter duties, dorm tidying and repairing of any damage.


We provide three main meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks are offered to boarding pupils.

Vegetarian and special diet meals are available on request.

Breakfast consists of cereal, toast, fruit, orange juice, tea and coffee. Lunch is a cooked meal, with yoghurt and fresh fruit for desert. Dinner is again a cooked meal with a desert. Should a pupil not like what is offered they may request Jacket Potatoes or Sandwiches.

There is a cold and hot water machine and two vending machines in the dining room.


Washing is collected from the dormitory area each weekday and returned the following day. It is the responsibility of each pupil to put their dirty linen in the bags provided and to check that it returns. Clothing that needs to be hand washed should be handed into the laundry staff personally. Any loss or damage should be reported immediately to the school office.

School provides all bedding, and it is not necessary for students to have sleeping bags.


Pupils mail is given out on a daily basis, letters should be forwarded to the pupils name, c/o Lime House School, Holm Hill, Dalston, Cumbria. CA5 7BX. Please do not send money through the post.


The School’s aim is to promote awareness of health issues and to enable pupils to take responsibility for their own health and welfare and at the same time to keep parents informed of developments.

Boarders are registered with the G.P. Practice in Dalston. The Practice consists of two female and three male practitioners and although boarders are allocated a specific Doctor they will have access to all five.

During the first month at school a visit will be made to the surgery and a medical given by the Practice nurse. Height, weight and blood pressure are measured and recorded and a simple urine test performed. It is important that the medical questionnaire is completed prior to this visit as it contains useful information for the Doctors whilst awaiting records from the F.H.S.A.

Parents and/or boarders can request that they see a Doctor at any time and if a child is ill or injured they will be taken to the surgery or arrangements for a visit made. Parents are kept informed of all appointments by telephone and letter.

The Dalston Practice welcomes involvement of parents. The telephone number is
01228 710451 - Monday to Friday 8:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. and Saturday 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.

The school works with the School Health Service, a copy of this service is available.

Dental Care

It is advisable to remain registered with the home Dentist, visits being arranged during the school holidays. A denplan scheme is available for all emergency treatment, this is charged termly (£6.50) on your disbursement account. Please notify the school should you wish to decline from joining denplan.

Orthodontic treatment can be arranged between the home dentist and the Cumberland Infirmary Orthodontic Department.

Optical Care

Arrangements can be made for any pupil needing to see an optician for diagnostic eye test at the request of a parent, guardian or pupil.

Out of Bounds Areas

For safety reasons the following points apply:-

  1. Pupils are not allowed on the front of school.
  2. Pupils must not play on the school drives, car parks or any out of bound area these are clearly marked.
  3. Pupils must not climb walls/trees or on the roof of any building, to retrieve lost property or for any other reason.

Personal Possessions

To help avoid possessions being lost/mislaid all articles of clothing must have printed nametapes sewn on securely.

Audio equipment TV’s etc., must be clearly marked with the pupils name and a record kept of the serial number.

Insurance cover should be taken out to cover any accidental loss/damage. All personal property is the responsibility of the individual. Lockers are provided at a charge of £50.00 - £25.00 of this will be refunded when the locker is handed back to the school, however this must be in the same condition as when purchased. All tuck boxes should have a padlock.
In some of the Year 12 and 13 dormitories there are lockable bedside cabinets - again the school is not responsible for items that are stored in the lockers. You will be asked to sign a form if you would like to use the lockers.

Because space is limited the clothing lists should be followed with a maximum of three changes of clothes kept in school. Loss of any item of clothing or personal articles should be reported to a member of staff immediately.

Money and valuables should not be left lying around but should be handed into the school office for safe keeping or locked away.

Bicycles, skateboards etc., can be kept at school, however these are the pupils responsibility not the schools, there is a lock up area to keep these items secure.
Pupils are not allowed to cycle on the road unless they have carried out the Cycle Proficiency Test and have appropriate safety clothing.

A qualified electrician appointed by the school must check all electrical items.


Prefects are responsible for helping the staff at all times in the maintenance of good order and discipline. Failure to comply with a reasonable request from a prefect will be regarded as a serious matter.

Prefects Privileges

  1. Use of front of school.
  2. Permission to sign out until 9:00p.m.on weekdays and 11:00p.m. on Saturdays.

Any problems regarding behaviour of prefects should be referred to Heads of School and Mrs Fisher or Mrs Rice.

School Fees

School fees are paid in advance and should be paid on the first day of term.

Each child has a disbursement account and this is forwarded to you at the end of each term with the school reports. This account should also be paid on the first day of term, however should you have any queries on this account, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Pocket money, is paid direct to the school on the first day of term, this is collected each week by the pupils. Please do not send cash to the pupil.

National examinations are chargeable at the beginning of the term in which the examination takes place.

Sixth Form - There is a £75.00 charge per subject for course work materials, this material belongs to the student and they keep it at the end of the course.

There is a charge for each module taken depending on which subject the charge can be between £15.00 - £40.00.
GCSE are charged these are around £45.00 each.

Lockers are available from the school, at a charge of £50.00. - £25.00 will be refunded when the locker is returned, as long as it is in the same condition when bought an both keys are returned.

School Shop

School uniform can be purchased during the school holidays by appointment only. The school shop is open on the first day of term from 9:00a.m.

During term time the shop is open from 9:30a.m.- 3:30p.m.

Telephone Numbers

Please find enclosed a list of telephone numbers, please do not hesitate to call any of these numbers.

You can e-mail the school office LHSOffice@aol.com.

A list of policies can be found on the school website.


Uniform is worn during the school day and whenever required by the Headmaster when pupils represent the school. Jewellery is not allowed during the school day.


Which year am I in?

Your date of birth is used to place you in the correct year. You need to know how old you are on the 1st of September.

Age on the 1st September Year Group Key Stage
17 13 5
16 12 5
15 11 4
14 10 4
13 9 3
12 8 3
11 7 3
10 6 2
9 5 2
8 4 2
7 3 2
6 2 1
5 1 1


Occasionally some pupils are placed one year above, or one year below, where they should be. This will have been discussed with the school and arranged before you arrive.

Each year has one or two forms teachers who will look after you. They will also check how you are progressing with your work and will keep your parents informed. You will meet your form teacher on the first morning of term.

If you have any questions or if you are concerned about something you should always speak to your form teacher first.


BOARDERS should arrive between 1.00pm and 5.00pm on the Sunday at the beginning of the term.

  1. Go to the school office to sign in.
  2. A member of staff will escort you to your dormitory with your baggage. You select your bed and unpack. Your cases will be placed in the trunk room later in the evening.
  3. Refreshments will be available in the Dining Room if you arrive early afternoon.
  4. Supper is served at 5.00pm.
  5. Your parents can stay with you until an existing pupil arrives to show you round the school.
  6. During the evening the Head of Pastoral Care will speak to all new pupils. If you have any questions you should ask them during this meeting.
  7. You should now follow the guidance for the Day pupils below.

DAY PUPILS should arrive between 8.30am and 8.45am on the Monday at the beginning of the term.

  1. You should make your way to the Assembly Hall. A member of staff will be there to meet and look after you.
  2. You will be told which class you are in and a prefect will escort you to your class.
  3. Your form teacher will introduce you to the class. Do not worry you will not be the only new starter in your class.
  4. You will be given your timetable and shown around the school so you know where to go for each of your lessons.
  5. You will be given a homework (prep) dairy. You must write in the diary any homework you are given.
  6. Your lessons will begin after morning break at 11.15am.


8.50am Registration
9.00am Period 1
10.00am Period 2
11.00am Break
11.15am Period 3
12.15pm Period 4
1.15pm Lunch
2.10pm Registration
2.15pm Period 5
3.15pm period 6
4.15pm End of School
4.30pm Key Stage 4 & 5 – Prep
4.30pm Key Stage 3 & Junior School – Activities
5.30pm Key Stage 3 & Junior School – Supper
6.00pm Key Stage 4 & 5 – Supper
6.00pm Key Stage 3 & Junior School – Prep
7.00pm Free Time or Extra Prep

Staff are on duty during lunch and break times. They will be walking around the school if you need to speak to them.

Junior School Nursery and Key Stages 1 & 2

The department’s classrooms are located in and around the ‘Cottage Courtyard’. This courtyard can be entered through a gate beneath the clock tower, which is seen from the front of the main building. Registration begins at 8.50am and, apart from the first day of term; the staff will collect the children from the courtyard at that time. You may wish to remain with your child until the staff arrive or you may wish to leave them to play there will be a House Mother in the courtyard from 8.30am who will monitor the children.

The curriculum is based upon national guidelines. Yearly planning forecasts showing themes to be studied throughout the year can be made available should you wish to follow your child’s progress.

Mathematics and English are taught daily for approximately one hour. Science is taught for two hours per week, physical education three hours per week and all other subjects for one hour per week. A more detailed explanation of the curriculum is to be found in the school prospectus and form teachers are always happy to discuss termly themes in more detail should you wish to do so.

All children are made aware of when they need PE and swimming kit. It would be most helpful if parents can ensure that children bring the correct lit on the correct day. The school diary, which each child is given, will be used to convey such information. The diary is a useful device, particularly so for the youngest children. It can be used to send notes between school and home, as a prep reminder, for specific requests and as to aid organisation. Please take advantage of it and encourage your child to use it.

The timetable differs slightly from the normal ‘school day’. Breaks are at 10.30am and 2.40pm. Lunch is from 12.15pm until 1.30pm. the children are supervised at all times and they can spend time on the play apparatus or in the courtyard. There is also a games and TV Room which is used at wet breaks.

Our day ends at 4.15pm. Your child can be collected from the courtyard and will not be allowed to pass through the gate unless you are waiting there or they are going home on a minibus. A list of activities will be sent home as soon as possible should your child be interested in staying behind and joining in with the activity.

Senior School Key Stage 3

Pupils entering Years 7, 8 and 9 follow a curriculum that includes:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • German
  • Citizenship
  • Information Technology
  • Art Craft
  • Home Econmics
  • Religious Education
  • Games, Personal and Social Education

In addition to the above there are two assemblies a week. In one of these assemblies there is a debate organised by each form. There is also a library period so that you can change your books. You must take a library book to all prep sessions in case you finish your prep early.

You will be given prep that should be done in the same evening. Prep should last about one hour but on occasions it will be slightly more or less

Senior School Key Stages 4 & 5

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 you will follow courses that will lead to GCSE examinations. All pupils follow courses in:

  • English
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Double Award)

Before starting Year 10 you will be given the opportunity to select some of the subjects you were studying in Key Stage 3. As there is far more work involved for a GCSE course you are not expected to take all the subjects. You will be given an options booklet that explains the work to be covered for each subject and then you pick the subjects you want to do. Your parents and teachers will give you plenty of advice. Most pupils select their best and favourite subjects or the subjects they need for a particular career.

Saturday Mornings are used to give you practice with past GCSE examination papers for the subjects you are studying.

Key Stage 5

Pupils entering the Sixth Form go into Years 12 and 13 and usually study three to four subjects. They are called AS or A2 levels. They usually wait for their GCSE examination results before making choices. This is the only time when you have private study lessons during the day. This time is needed due to the large amount of work you need to do yourself.

Most pupils in the Sixth Form want to go on to Further Education, usually university, to study for a degree.

Prep in Key Stages 4 and 5 lasts 1 1/2 to 2 hours per evening.

Parent Evenings and Reports

Parents’ evenings are held towards the end of term. This gives the opportunity to discuss, in depth, the work and progress that each child is making in each subject. The dates of such meetings are included on the events list that is issued at the beginning of term. In addition, written reports are prepared on a termly basis.

It is often difficult, if not impossible, for the parents of boarders to attend such meetings. Providing adequate notice is given, a meeting with teachers can be arranged at different times. The beginning or end of each term is sometimes suitable but, if parents happen to be visiting the country, then a visit can be arranged at this time. It is quite common for relatives or guardians to attend parents’ evenings.

If any parent has any concerns then these should be expresses to the school as soon as possible and not left until the more formal parents’ evening.