Students say goodbye to their family at Waterloo Station as they head back to school

Incredible black and white photographs from 1954 gives a glimpse of excited and anxious children waiting in London‘s Waterloo station ahead of going back to boarding school ahead of the new school term.

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

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

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

School children, along with their families, carry their luggage as they make their way to the platform for the train taking them 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 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

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

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

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

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

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  

Two schoolgirl sisters give their dog a big hug before they board the train back to school as their mother watches on

Two schoolgirl sisters give their dog a big hug before they board the train back to school as their mother watches on

Two schoolgirl sisters give their dog a big hug before they board the train back to school as their mother watches on 

One anxious school boy sits on a bench eating a packet of sweats while waiting for his train back to boarding school to arrive

One anxious school boy sits on a bench eating a packet of sweats while waiting for his train back to boarding school to arrive

One anxious school boy sits on a bench eating a packet of sweats while waiting for his train back to boarding school to arrive 

This smiling schoolboy is already on board the train back to school and excited to be heading back for another term

This smiling schoolboy is already on board the train back to school and excited to be heading back for another term

This smiling schoolboy is already on board the train back to school and excited to be heading back for another term  

 

Two boys looking at a notice board for the platform for their train back to their school

Two boys looking at a notice board for the platform for their train back to their school

Two boys looking at a notice board for the platform for their train back to their school 

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These three school girls and their mother wait outside Waterloo Station with their trunks and their pet dog

These three school girls and their mother wait outside Waterloo Station with their trunks and their pet dog 

A father holding his newspaper sees of his son before he boards the train back to boarding school

A father holding his newspaper sees of his son before he boards the train back to boarding school

A father holding his newspaper sees of his son before he boards the train back to boarding school

These two young boys say goodbye to their two older sisters on the train back to school while their mother says her goodbye

These two young boys say goodbye to their two older sisters on the train back to school while their mother says her goodbye

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

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

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

One young girl appears emotional as she waves goodbye while her friend is seemingly excited to be going back to school

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

Two young girls wait to say their last goodbyes their family at the train's window just before it departs Waterloo Station

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

A schoolgirl pokes her head out of the train's window as 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

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

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 

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