Age Range
3 to 18
Nearest Airport
School Type
Fees - Day
Fees - Full

The Beginning of Lime House School

Founded in 1899, Lime House School is an independent and co-educational school offering cost-efficient day and boarding school education to boys and girls aged 6-18. It is presently located at Dalston near Carlisle and has been there since 1946.

Outstanding Education

The Department of Education described this UK boarding school as efficient since 1930. It has also been rated as good to outstanding in the area of teaching whilst multiple areas such as quality of pastoral care, welfare, and health, and safety of the pupils are outstanding according to the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Leaders of Lime House School

Mr. N A Rice MA is the Headmaster and is also a member of the Independent School’s Association. His wife, Mrs. Rice, also functions as the Senior Mistress. Together with Mrs. J Fisher who is also the School Bursar, the couple owns Lime House School. Located in the countryside area where individual skills and possibilities are cultivated, Lime House School’s curriculum promotes academic excellence coupled with sports, culture and personal development.

Ideal UK Boarding School Environment

Lime House School’s goal is to ensure that each student maximizes his or her potential in all areas through personalized care. They are placed in a safe environment where all efforts are exhausted to make sure that they become confident, happy and successful individuals. The school believes that happiness often leads to success.

A Peek Through The Glass

In case you are not able to do an on-site visit, a summarized proposition of Lime House School is featured in the schools’ official website. You may view the website and read the brochures, hoping thereafter, you will be compelled to see more of what this UK boarding school has to offer. There will be a campus tour where you will meet the teachers and students and take a peek into their school life and academic output. Should you want to visit, you may contact the school and they will arrange a visit based on your availability. Interested students may spend a test period in the campus.

Ideal Environment for Students

Lime House School’s goal is to offer a compassionate, innovative and successful school that is revered by parents, students, and teachers. To attain this goal, the school has 3 general objectives:

To provide an excellent education for students between 4-18 years old.
To make certain that each student reaches their full capabilities, academically and socially, with each of them being dealt with an individualistic approach.
To provide a safe and compassionate boarding school community that generates happy and confident achievers who are well equipped for life after school.

Entrance Requirements: 

To begin the Lime House school admissions process please contact our admissions team by telephone or email to discuss your child’s application to Lime House and the next steps. We are also happy to discuss your individual requirements and answer any questions you may have.  Ms Jackie Fisher   +44 (0) 1228 710225 Registration & Forms Parents seeking the admission of their sons or daughters are asked to complete and return a registration form. A child should be registered as a prospective pupil as early as possible before the proposed date of entry. A non-refundable registration fee of £150 is payable and should be submitted with the registration form A deposit of £1000 (international students) is payable upon acceptance of a place. This will be held and returned when the student leaves the school. Reference For entrants at all ages Lime House will approach a candidate’s present school for a report on their current progress. Offer of a Place The school will offer the student a place in the school. This could be after the interview. Students are also offered ‘Taster Days’ before accepting the offer of a place. Aceptance of a Place The parents are then sent a letter of acceptance together with an invoice for the first term’s fees. The school will ask that all forms are completed in full before the student begins school. This includes medical and confidential information as well as contact details. Taster Days Taster days are available, throughout the academic year, to any potential student. International Applications The admissions process is similar to that explained above. Sometimes guardians, relatives or family friends visit the school for the interview. Most applications are made via a recognised Educational Agency. They deal with the application process. Students will be asked to complete an English and Mathematics screening test to allow the school to place them on the correct English or Mathematics course.

Scholarships & Bursaries: 

Each year, we offer a number of Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries to girls and boys who demonstrate potential and support the school ethos.

Scholarships are currently awarded to recognise exceptional academic ability or special talent in Sports, Art, Drama and Music. All scholarships are awarded solely on merit and the number of awards will depend on the quality of the field. Candidates may enter for more than one award.  Scholarships are tenable for the duration of a pupil’s time at the School, subject to continuing good performance.
Financial help towards the payment of fees is available in the form of bursaries which vary in size according to circumstance, all requests are dealt with sympathetically. Bursaries are means-tested and are made at the school’s discretion. The pupil in question must satisfy the academic entry requirements and parents who feel that they may need the support of a bursary are encouraged to discuss the matter with the school well in advance of the due date of entry.

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

Direction from the North - M6 take Junction 42, heading for Durdar. Next head for Dalston. Take the B5299 heading for Caldbeck. Take the turning for Raughton Head. Lime House School is second on the left.
Directions from the South - M6 take Junction 41, heading for Wigton on the B5305. Next take B5299 heading for Carlisle. Take turning for Raughton Head. At junction turn left. Lime House School is 200 years on the right.
Most international students fly into Newcastle (1 hour) or Manchester (2 hours). The school will collect and deliver students to these airports.

Visitors coming from London take the West Coast Mainline rail to Carlisle which takes approximately 3 hours. There are plentiful taxi cabs outside the station.

Juniors (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) - £3,000 per term
Senior School - £4,000 per term
Learning Support - £400 per term
Activities - £75 per term
A bus service is available from South West Scotland, Brampton, Carlisle, Gretna, Penrith, Whitehaven, Workington, and surrounding areas on request at a standard fee per term.

Juniors (Years 5 & 6) £7,750 per term
Senior School £9,250 per term
Laundry £250 per term
Activites £75 per term
Weekly boarding is available upon request as is flexi-boarding.
Registration Fee: £150
Deposit: £1,000 (for international students).

Boys and girls are housed in separate areas of the school in newly refurbished study bedrooms, normally shared between 2-4 pupils.
There are five distinct boarding ‘areas’, four for boys located in the main school building  – Rothley, Hawksdale, Lonsdale and Salkeld – and one for girls in an adjacent building – The Cottage.  Each area is supervised by a House Mother who is on duty every night from 5.30pm to 9.00am and who has responsibility for the students in her care. 
The House Mothers report to the Head of Boarding, Ms Jackie Fisher, who is supported by the Head of Pastoral Care Mrs Donna Alderman and the Senior Mistress Mrs Rice.
Students are encouraged to personalise their own space and there are communal areas where students can relax in the evenings and at weekends. Other areas of the school such as the sports hall and art and computer rooms are popular for meeting up to play games, catch up on homework or just chat and relax.
Meals are served in a central dining room. Food is freshly prepared on the premises and there is always a wide choice available. Special diets can be catered for.

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