“AT THE bank a lady asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over.”

That is the joke that won a group of schoolchildren an award for their ability to make people laugh.

The Foxes class, from Castlewood Primary School in Horsham, has been named winner of the Britain’s Funniest Class national joke competition.

The contest was run by the popular children’s magazine, Beano.

The national competition, which was launched in April, challenged primary school classes across the country to submit their best gags, all in hopes of winning the title.

Ten schools were shortlisted by comedian Harry Hill along with a panel of Beano’s “gag masters” before being put to a public vote on Beano.com to decide the winner.

Castlewood’s joke received more than a third of the 7.4 million votes that were cast in the contest.

Beano.com presenter Emma Shaw gave the class the official Beano Britain’s Funniest Class trophy along with prizes including a bundle of Beano annuals and comic subscriptions.

The Year 3 class, all aged seven or eight, will also be treated to a special joke workshop to help further hone their comedy skills. All shortlisted schools will have their jokes added to Beano’s joke generator (www.beano.com/jokes) and receive special Beano certificates marking their achievement.

The two runners-up, Polperro Primary in Cornwall and Bispham Endowed CE Primary in Lancashire, will also each receive annuals, comic subscriptions and a special VIP Beano.

Rachel Nunns, headteacher of Castlewood Primary said: “We are all so very proud of our Foxes class and their joke.

“We have been amazed by the support of the parents of the class and how the entire school has rallied behind them.

“Also the immense public support and votes on Beano.com that have led to this wonderful result.”

Katy Smith, Foxes class teacher, said: “The class are just so thrilled, they can’t quite believe they have won.

“We all want to say a huge thank you to Beano, we’ve had so much fun writing jokes for the competition.”

These are the two runner up jokes – let us know your favourite:

Polperro Primary, Looe: “YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are making a joint website. What would it be called?

YouTwitFace.”

Bispham Endowed CE Primary School, Blackpool: “A Mexican man says to his friends, ‘I can disappear in three seconds. Uno...dos…’ and then he disappears without a ‘tres’.”