Lime House School

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

Age of pupils: 7-18 y.o.

Gender: Co-educational

Boarding: Day, Weekly boarding, Full boarding

Pupils: 150

Head: Mrs Mary Robertson-Barnett

Last updated 31.03.2021

Short description of the school

Lime House School is a co-educational, independent boarding and day school in the town of Carlisle, Cumbria in North West England. It accepts boys and girls from the ages of 7 to 18.

The school is set in a beautiful countryside estate about 7 miles south of Carlisle and on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park.

The School was founded in 1899 in Wetheral, a small village located five miles to the east of Carlisle. 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. 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. 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.

What makes this school different from others?

  • Small "family" school
  • Mathematics & Physics
  • Business & Economics
  • Arts
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance

School strengths:

Strong Mathematics & Physics
Lime House School has exceptional results in STEM subjects.  In 2019 A*/A Level results at 63.4% saw Lime House placed first in England.  With results at this level, it is not surprising that pupils our pupils have progressed to study Engineering and Mathematics at Oxford University.

In 2021 one of only ten places offered across the University of Oxford for the prestigious Mathematics and Statistics course has been secured by a Lime House School pupil. Each year Lime House fields a team to the UKMAT National Finals, finishing in the top 17 which means that a small school regularly has 4 of the top 68 Mathematicians in the country studying at the school.

Strong Business & Economics
Lime House School equips its pupils to triumph in the world beyond school.  A Levels are offered in Economics, Business and we are one of the few schools in the United Kingdom which also offers A Level Accounting.  The school offers vocational Level 3 qualifications in Business and IT where the grades achieved are regularly 65% Distinction Star/Distinction.  Pupils progress to Russell Group universities with a suite of qualifications which will support their professional aspirations.

Strong Arts
Creativity is prized at Lime House School.  The freedom to express self and push artistic practice is nurtured by our Art Department.  In the last two years pupils have progressed to study architecture in the United Kingdom following inspirational visits to top practices in London and Hong Kong and have also secured places to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths.

Strong Sports
Lime House School trains its county level cross country runners in its beautiful grounds with views of the Lake District National Park.  The freshest air and stunning scenery combine to inspire our elite athletes to continue to stretch and challenge themselves.  The school's sports hall is home to our exceptional basketball team whose regular training with top level coaches and fixtures enable them to triumph on the school fixtures circuit.

Strong Music / Drama / Dance
Lime House School has an exceptional Performing Arts programme which sees our pupils shine in festivals.  From invitational Gala Performances at the County Music and Drama Festival to top placement at the Kendal Calling Music Festival, our performers excel whether in classic drama roles or collaborating in original songs and performances.

Message from the Head of the school

Headmaster photoAt Lime House School we are unashamedly ambitious for all our pupils and in 2019 ranked 2nd in the Daily Telegraphs Independent Smaller Schools League Table.

We are passionate about providing the best education for each individual. We develop pupils’ potential for successful lives and provide the opportunity for them to fulfil their aspirations through academic qualifications. Our pupils’ achievements are testament to our success.

We believe school should be enriching and fun. Pupils, guided by accomplished subject specialists, discover joy in learning and sharing their knowledge, catching the spirit of creativity across the curriculum. Caring, professional staff members know each and every pupil and are committed to their holistic development. In our community we aim for each person to feel valued.

Our beautiful location on the edge of the Lake District National Park provides an inspirational backdrop to learning.  Pupils find enjoyment, an element of challenge and an appreciation of nature in the mountains, lakes, or seaside - all of which are on our doorstep.

This is a glimpse of some of the myriad qualities that make our school unique. To see how we could take the first steps to success with your child please visit us and experience the Lime House way for yourself.

Mary Robertson-Barnett

Maps,addresses and directions

Lime House School
Holm Hill

programmes and subjects

GCSE A Level
core subjects: Accounting
English Ancient History
Mathematics Biology
Separate Sciences or Coordinated Science Business Studies (CTec)
subject choices: Chemistry


Computer Science


English as an Additional Language



Computer Science

English Literature


Fine Art


Food Science and Nutrition

English Literature


Fine Art

Further Mathematics






ICT (CTec)

Home Economics

ICT Mathematics
Mandarin Music Performing (BTec)
Music Physics
Personal, Social and Health Education Psychology
Physical Education Spanish
Religious Studies Sport (OCR Cambridge Level 3)
Statistics  Theatre Studies
Three Dimensional Studies  

academic results

There are two grading systems applied in the UK. Grades in England are indicated by numbers from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.

System in Wales and Northern Ireland is evaluated using a letter grading scale from G to A*, where A* is the highest grade.

GCSE 2019-20
A*-C/ 9-4 92%
D and below



A level 2019-20
A*-A 52%
B-C 40%
D and below 8%


The school offers an extensive co-curricular programme:

Athletics Netball
Badminton Rounders
Basketball Soccer
Cricket Table Tennis
Dance Volleyball


Music and Creative Arts

Band Harp


Drums Recorder
Flute Singing
Guitar Violin 

boarding options

Boarding at Lime House School is available from age of 8 - 18 (Years 4-13).

Boarding Options

1+ nights: Occasional/flexi boarding
5 nights: Weekly boarding
7 nights: Traditional full boarding

How can I apply to this school?

The main points of entry to the Lime House School are at ages 7, 11, 13 and 16, but the school also accepts applications for other year groups provided there are places. Boarders are accepted from the age of 8.

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Currency Converter:

Year Age
Day fees
Y3 7-8 9,900 GBP NA
Y4 8-9 9,900 GBP 26,250 GBP
Y5 9-10 9,900 GBP 26,250 GBP
Y6 10-11 9,900 GBP 26,250 GBP
Senior School
Y7 11-12 12,900 GBP 30,750 GBP
Y8 12-13 12,900 GBP 30,750 GBP
Y9 13-14 12,900 GBP 30,750 GBP
Y10 14-15 12,900 GBP 30,750 GBP
Y11 15-16 12,900 GBP 30,750 GBP
Y12 16-17 12,900 GBP 30,750 GBP
Y13 17-18 12,900 GBP 30,750 GBP

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