Dakin has saved Hector’s job by blackmailing the Headmaster about his conduct with Fiona. Dakin is about to get a lift from Hector – perhaps in the misplaced idea of giving him a reward, like his offer to Irwin. The Headmaster stops them before they leave. He tells Hector to take Irwin instead. They leave.
Scripps, Irwin, Dakin and Rudge reveal that there was an accident. Irwin is left in a wheelchair.
The Headmaster hypocritically speaks at a memorial to Hector. The boys add their memories. Mrs Lintott tells the audience what happens to the boys. They become magistrates, lawyers, self-made men. Posner has a breakdown, and lives alone, but remembers Hector fondly. Hector has the last word in the play, telling the boys that the point of education is to pass it on.