A first day at school can often be a daunting experience for children.

Whether it is returning after six weeks off over the summer, or making that first step into education after nursery, tensions can often run hight among young people.

However, children soon settle into their strides and enjoy most moments of their school lives.

As shown in this photo spread dating back to 1982 at Robert Ferguson School, in Denton Holme, Carlisle, these children loved being at school on that first day.

Check out David Couse and Paul Blaylock having fun on the slide on their first day at school at Robert Ferguson School, Carlisle.

Or check out the smile on Jennifer Ramsay's face as she enjoys playtime on the rocking horse at the school.

Another picture shows the new starters of the school delighted to be there, while others check out the fun play equipment in the playground.