A HUDDERSFIELD teenager transported back in time to a 1950s classroom today told of her unforgettable experience.
Victoria Julien, 16, is among 30 pupils featuring in the Channel 4 series That'll Teach 'Em.
Its portrayal of a tough regime has proved one of the surprise hits of summer television.
Victoria, now back home in Birkby, says she came to appreciate the school's old-fashioned values.
"It was a lot more disciplined than I thought it was going to be.
"But I learned from that and became more self-disciplined and self-controlled," she said.
The group of modern teenagers were sent back to the 1950s at a pretend state boarding school in part of the Royal Grammar School at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
They were placed under the supervision of a fierce headmaster, a domineering matron, two housemasters and a number of subject tutors, all former or working teachers.
The pupils had to leave their mobile phones, hair gel and all the normal teenage luxuries at the school gates as they were sealed off from 2003.
Victoria said: "Along with my family, these were the things I really missed.
"We would read all the time, or people would play instruments if they could."
Pupils will be seen in the final episode on Tuesday, September 1 getting the results of O-level-style exams they sat at the school.
The scenes will be broadcast after Victoria received her real-life GCSE results at All Saints RC High School, Bradley Bar.
She freely admits the old-fashioned tests were much harder.
"They were far different exams to today and the lessons were far harder. It was tough at times," confessed Victoria.
The O-level results are staying secret until the programme goes out, but Victoria is celebrating after gaining nine As and a B in her GCSEs.
She will stay on at All Saints to study maths, English language, psychology and French at A-level. She hopes to become a teacher.
She said: "The TV teachers were often tormentors and talked at us, rather than allow us to participate. I tried to keep my head down to keep out of trouble, but I did come to respect them."
Pupils had to wear uniforms, with straw boaters, smart jackets and pinafores for the girls.
Victoria said: "We all came from very different backgrounds, but the uniforms were great levellers."
* That'll Teach 'Em continues for the next two Tuesdays at 9pm on Channel 4.