We’re looking back at one of Carlisle’s first comprehensive schools this week.

Carlisle’s St Aidan’s School was formed in 1970 after the closure of the Carlisle & County High School for Girls. It was a mixed comprehensive school based on Victoria Place in Carlisle.

Then in September 2008 St Aidan’s and and the North Cumbria Technology College (formerly Harraby School) merged to form Richard Rose Central Academy.

The new school was subsequently rebuilt on the former St Aidan’s site in 2010, costing £31m. The academy was first sponsored by Eddie Stobart owner Andrew Tinkler and local businessman Brian Scowcroft.

Our photos give a flavour of the activities of St Aidan’s over its almost 40 years’ history from Young Enterprise to technology competitions.