MORE than 19 million people tuned in to see them win the country's biggest talent show, but it was straight back to the classroom on Monday morning for members of acrobatic group Spelbound.
Katie Axten, 17, Abigail Ralph, 16, and Amy MacKenzie, 12, were greeted by classmates at Surbiton High School, and were brought crashing back down to earth as, less than 48 hours after winning Britain's Got Talent, Abigial took her maths GCSE.
Amy was sitting her first year exams at the private girls' school, and Katies was busy revising for her A Levels.
The girls were part of 13 strong group Spelbound, who captured the country's imagination with their dare-devil routines and stunning acrobatic displays. In last Saturday's final, they completed a dramatic routine, in gold paint, to Carl Off's O Fortuna, at point leaping over judge Amanda Holden's head.
They wowed the public and judges alike, who told them they would be "perfect" to open the 2012 Olympics.
Surbiton High principal Ann Haydon arranged a celebration for the girls, along with other pupils, after school on Monday. She said: "Everyone at Surbiton High School is so delighted for Spelbound and there is a real sense of pride and delight at their success.
"The school is developing a real expertise in gymnastics and we have nine girls who represent Great Britain. We were already celebrating three of our pupils winning gold medals at the British Gymnastics Championships two weeks ago and Nicole Hibbert won a silver medal at the European Championships as part of team GB competing with Bet Tweddle. But Spelbound's success is something very different and has caught the imagination of the British public.
"The girls are very grounded, however, and are well prepared and ready fro their exams today. But we had a small celebration for them after school to congratulate them on their amazing success."
Spelbound beat young drummer Keiran Gaffney, who clinched third place, and dance duo Twist and Pulse, who came second.
Katie, Abigail and Amy will now perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Show – as soon as their exams are out of the way.