A primary school class is in the running to be named the funniest in the country.

Balfour Primary School’s Year 5 class is one of several vying to be named Britain’s funniest by children’s magazine the Beano.

Jokes submitted by the class will be put to a public vote with the chance to be featured in a comic strip.

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When asked for their best gag, Balfour Primary School submitted: “What does Calamity James say when a large musical instrument falls on him? Pia-NO!!!”


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The joke was chosen by the Beano as one of the best to be submitted and will go before a public vote.

The Argus: Beano's Funniest ClassBeano's Funniest Class (Image: Beano)

Mike Stirling, director of mischief at Beano Studios, said: “The kids from Year 5 and their talented teacher at Balfour Primary School are perfectly in tune with this great gag. It would be a ‘Calamity’ if they don’t get the votes they deserve.”

Balfour will look to follow in the footsteps of Castlewood Primary in Horsham who became the first winners of the competition when it launched in 2019.

This year’s funniest class will be immortalised in a Bash Street Kids Comic strip and will receive golden Gnasher medals, a Beano trophy, Beano comic subscriptions for the whole class and the school library, and a trip to Gulliver’s Theme Park.

The public vote is open until March 28.