Incredible black and white photographs from 1954 gives a glimpse of excited and anxious children waiting in
Hordes of school children, along with their families, can be seen making their way to the platform carrying their luggage.
One young girl appears emotional as she says goodbye to her pet dog, while two boys looking at a notice board for the platform for their train back to school.
In another image a young boy sits on a bench by himself while anxiously eating sweets from a bag, while three school girls toting their luggage search for the train taking the back to school.
Another schoolboy carrying his suitcase is joined on the platform by his fashionably dressed mother, wearing a fur coat, holds his badminton racket and his little sister’s hand.
Other pictures show children already on board desperately trying to catch one last glimpse of their parents who are waving them off as the train rolls out of the station.
This throwback comes as millions of students across the UK count down the start of the new school term in early September.
Incredible black and white photographs from 1954 show excited and anxious children waiting in London’s Waterloo station ahead of going back to boarding school ahead of the new school term. These three schoolgirls carry their suitcases and belongings as they search for the platform taking them back to school
School children, along with their families, carry their luggage as they make their way to the platform for the train taking them to school. In the 1950s, as the ‘baby boomer’ generation took to their schools, class sizes were large, and discipline was strict. Disruptive children would face being hit on the knuckles, buttocks or palm of the hand with a ruler
This young girl appears emotional as she says goodbye to her pet dog. The pooch stands up with its paws on her shoulders as if to hug her. Following the end of World War Two in 1945, Britain was recovering from the devastating conflict, with vacant bomb-sites and unrepaired houses common sights, and austerity took hold of the country
Pictured: Two schoolgirl sisters give their dog a big hug before they board the train back to school as their mother watches on in a scene from 1954 London. The previous year, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, and for the first time since the end of the war, petrol was no longer rationed
One anxious school boy sits on a bench eating a packet of sweats while waiting for his train back to boarding school to arrive. During the 1950s British society was still strongly influenced by war, with most grandfathers having served in the First World War and most fathers in the Second. It was commonplace for boys to mimic the militarism of relatives and play-fight mock battles with the Germans
This smiling schoolboy is already on board the train back to school and excited to be heading back for another term. British boarding schools started in medieval times when boys were educated at a monastery or noble household with a literate cleric. In the 12th Century the Pope ordered monasteries to provide charity schools – which then attracted paying students, paving the way for what would become boarding schools
Two boys looking at a notice board for the platform for their train back to their school. The typical model of the British boarding school saw its popularity increase during the British Empire’s expansion, as overseas colonial administrators could send their children for a traditional British education
An apprehensive schoolboy and his mother arrive at the Waterloo station and check the notice board for the right platform to take him to school. Often families would send their children to the same boarding school for generations, with that particular school’s ideals becoming part of the family culture and identity
This schoolgirl is ready to head back to boarding school, seemingly excited for the sport activities for the upcoming term as she carries her hockey and lacrosse stick. Walking beside her is her grandmother with her suitcase. Aspirational parents would send their children to boarding school where their children would mix on equal terms with upper-class children and make connections
In this image two young schoolgirls enjoy a conversation with their mother as they wait for their train to arrive. One girl carries a large parcel while the other holds her finger out seemingly lecturing her mother on something important
Another schoolboy carrying his suitcase is joined on the platform by his fashionably dressed mother, wearing a fur coat, holds his badminton racket and his little sister’s hand
In this image a mother dotingly cleans her son’s face before he boards the train while his father appears to give him wise words for the school term ahead
These three school girls and their mother wait outside Waterloo Station with their trunks and their pet dog. The model of the traditional British public school – like Eton, Harrow, Westminster and Rugby – evolved from medieval or Renaissance-era institutions intended to educate local boys with modest backgrounds, increasingly taken advantage of by the upper classes over time
A father holding his newspaper sees of his son before he boards the train back to boarding school. Greek and Roman Classics were heavily emphasised since the inception of boarding schools, with organised ‘games’ becoming a later focus
These two young boys say goodbye to their two older sisters on the train back to school while their mother says her goodbye
This brother and sister don’t seem too worried about going back to boarding school. Engrossed in her comic this schoolgirl ignores her brother who is chatting with his mother and looking across the station while they wait for their trains to arrive
One young girl appears emotional as she waves goodbye while her friend is seemingly excited to be going back to school
Two young girls wait to say their last goodbyes their family at the train’s window just before it departs Waterloo Station
A schoolgirl pokes her head out of the train’s window as it departs Waterloo Station
One mother appears emotional as she waves goodbye to her child going back to school, while another mother turns away from the moving train to look at the camera