Primary school pupils crowned Britain's Funniest Class with winning joke to feature in Beano comics

Britain’s Funniest Class 2023 Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Year 5 pupils from a school in Nottingham have celebrated what they've described as a "one-of-a-kind moment" after being recognised as the nation’s funniest class by the Beano comic.

Children from Class Indigo 1 at Greasley Beauvale Primary School in Eastwood have won the Beano’s annual Britain’s Funniest Class competition after sending in a maths joke.

The students have been immortalised by the comic, with each student drawn by Dennis the Menace artist Nigel Parkinson, and their winning joke featured on the cover of the magazine.

The winning gag which earned the funniest class title goes: "What happened to the maths teacher’s garden? It grew square roots."

The winning class have been included in the latest comic issue Credit: PA Wire

Michelle Bates, headteacher at Greasley Beauvale Primary School, said her pupils had "an absolute blast" creating the line and feels "overjoyed" to share it with the nation.

"The kids had an absolute blast crafting their joke, and having it showcased on the cover of the Beano comic is an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind moment," she said.

"We’re overjoyed to spread their hilarious joke far and wide, bringing laughter to the entire nation and eliciting countless morning chuckles!"

The school was one of many others taking part in the competition to find the nation’s most humorous pupils, and jokes were whittled down to a shortlist of the top 10.

Voting opened to the public who could select their favourite from the shortlist and the Greasley Beauvale Primary School joke earned 51% of total votes before being selected as the winner by the Beano.

Oliver Proudler, 10, with the Britain’s Funniest Class 2023 trophy. Credit: PA Wire

Mike Stirling, director of mischief at Beano Studios, congratulated the school and said: "As Brits we’re renowned for our sense of humour and at Beano we always believe that the best jokes come from kids."

He added: "Each year we can’t wait to see what the next generation of comedians have to say, so a huge congratulations to Greasley Beauvale Primary School for taking home the crown – who doesn’t love a joke about teachers?"

The competition has been running for the last five years.

The winning joke along, with every student of the winning class, will feature in this week’s Beano issue.