A SCHOOL is celebrating after scooping a national prize for having the best budding tycoons.

Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley was named the best in England in the Micro-Tyco competition.

The Eastern Avenue school’s team of five entrepreneurs turned a £1 micro loan investment in to £1,758 in just four weeks.

After raising the impressive amount, the funds will be used by competition organisers to provide charitable micro-business loans to people living in poverty.

Headteacher David Burton said he was extremely proud of the winning team of Year 9 students; Zaynab Mustafa, Habeebah Khanom, Cameroon Mahmood, Usaid Ahmed and Khadija Sultan.

Their triumph saw Mick Jackson, creator of the Micro-Tyco competition and founder of the Wildhearts Charity, travel from Scotland to present the award to the students.

The team had worked tirelessly after attending the Global Entreprenurial Leaders WildHearts Conference of 400 business leaders in Edinburgh.

Mr Jackson has invited the team back to Edinburgh in September to launch this year’s competition as motivational speakers.

The students worked with the school’s extended services manager Beverley Ford and their business in the community partner, Holiday Inn Express, Burnley to secure the trophy.