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Lime House

Private Boarding School – Dalston , Cumbria

Lime House School is a UK coeducational boarding and day school set amid rural countryside in the North of England. The school occupies a magnificent grand home designated as Grade II British Listed Building. In 2015 the Daily Telegraph's Small School League Table placed Lime House School in 2nd place due to their strong academic showing. In fact, recent scores reported say that 83% of GCSE pupils gained 5+ passes at grades A to C, and the A-Level pass rate was 89% (grades A-C). Non-native speaking international students, especially in the Senior and Sixth Form, receive strong support through IELTS preparation courses to help them reach the proficiency necessary to enter top UK universities. 


Lime House School's campus and grassy grounds consists of the Main School, Cottage and Rothley. There is a gymnasium to play indoor games and outdoor sports fields for rugby, soccer, cricket and hockey. Other educational facilities include computer and art rooms. 

Sports and Arts

Competitive matches are organised within the student body and against other schools. Everyone is encouraged to join enrichments such as Wigton Rugby Club, Carlisle Cricket Club, Border City Swimming Club and more. One of the most popular extracurricular activities at Lime House School is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. 

Dormitories and Student Life

All boarding students are housed on the Main School site in a spacious house constructed in 1638. The boys occupy the main building in the "Rothley", "Hawksdale", "Lonsdale" and "Salkeld" areas while girls live in the adjacent "Cottage" building. All accommodations are shared (2 to 4 students per room) and feature well-equipped common areas with Sky TV. To ensure safety and security, a team of housemothers are on site every evening from 18:00 to 09:00 the next morning. 

Location: Dalston, Cumbria

Estimated start date: beginning of September

Estimated end date: end of June / beginning of July

Eligibility: Interview required for entrance with minimum English level of IELTS 4.5 for GCSE courses and IELTS 5.5 for A-Levels. 

School Facts

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Number of Students


Year Groups Accepted


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Ideal for

Intimate school environment

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Foreign Languages

  • German

Year Established


Academic Courses

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology


  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Computer
  • Cooking
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • Film Production
  • Poetry

School Location

Closest International Airport

Manchester (MAN)