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
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.
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.
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.
At 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.
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Lime House School
programmes and subjects
|Separate Sciences or Coordinated Science||Business Studies (CTec)|
|English as an Additional Language|
|Food Science and Nutrition|
|Mandarin||Music Performing (BTec)|
|Personal, Social and Health Education||Psychology|
|Religious Studies||Sport (OCR Cambridge Level 3)|
|Three Dimensional Studies|
|D and below||
|A level 2019-20|
|D and below||8%|
The school offers an extensive co-curricular programme:
Music and Creative Arts
Boarding at Lime House School is available from age of 8 - 18 (Years 4-13).
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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