Pupils base new game on their teachers

"MY Mr Topley trumps your Mr Jones; well, my Mr Madge trumps your Mr Topley…"These are the cries that are currently filling the playgrounds and classrooms of one Suffolk school after its pupils came up with a new version of a popular children's card game.

"MY Mr Topley trumps your Mr Jones; well, my Mr Madge trumps your Mr Topley…"

These are the cries that are currently filling the playgrounds and classrooms of one Suffolk school after its pupils came up with a new version of a popular children's card game.

Year 12 business studies students at The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, have created their own unique set of limited edition Top Trumps cards based on their teachers.

Teacher Trumps features 30 members of staff and gives them ratings according to how long they have been at the school, their position within the school hierarchy, their strictness and their coolness.

The team of seven pupils, who go under the company name BBLB, are currently in their first year of studying for an AVCE business qualification and came up with the innovative idea as part of the nationwide Young Enterprise competition.

Under the scheme, lower sixth students from across the country have to set up their own business and market their own products to compete in regional and national finals.

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Seventeen-year-old Richard Wyatt, who is a member of the team behind the cards, said: "Our Teacher Trumps depict serious and fun images of the members of the RHS teaching staff as well as shedding some light on the interesting and crazy life that our teachers lead."

More than 300 packs have already been sold at the school and a re-order of 150 is currently being produced.

Ian Simmons, head of business studies, added: "To be honest I never realised how big the market for top trumps is but there's hundreds of cards out there.

"The idea was mentioned to me a long time ago by someone that used to be in the Navy who said that when they were away at sea, they created caricature playing cards of people on the ship.

"It just stuck in my mind and I told the students this year and they took it on board. They contacted the manufacturers who said that as long as we kept it internal within the school then we could go ahead.

"They have really proved popular and I'm sure there will be some sort of profit made. So far we have sold more than 300 although we think we can move 450."

The pupils have competed successfully in the area finals of the Young Enterprise scheme and will now travel to the county finals on Thursday, May 19.

And Mr Simmons is confident that the group will provide stiff competition. "They are one of the strongest teams I have ever taught," he said.

"In the eight months of doing Young Enterprise the pupils have learned more about the realities of running a business than in two years of classroom work. It's been a fantastic opportunity and a great experience.

"The competition will be strong but we've got a good chance. Whatever happens all the students have done really well."

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