AFTER enjoying the summer holidays, thousands of pupils returned to the classroom this week, re-uniting with friends or starting a new school entirely.

Before they set off, many proud parents took the chance to take a photo of their excited loved ones in spotless uniforms looking fresh and eager to start the new year.

Thanks to everyone who responded to out call for first day at school pictures - we were inundated with lovely images!

These will feature in the SNJ this week as part of our special back to school feature and any not included will be in the following week.