The Prime Minister’s address to school leavers



Congratulations, everyone, you've made it.

After all the years of work and effort, all the many hours spent hunched over your desks, all the homework, after all of that, you're finishing school this summer and you deserve every praise and celebration possible.

Because, let's face it, this a final year like no other.

Your last months of school have coincided with the greatest crisis our country has faced since the Second World War.

And so the first thing I want to say is thank you.

Thank you for the incredible effort you've put into doing the right thing over the past weeks and months.

It was your education that was disrupted, your lives that were disrupted.

And now, as many of you are missing out once again on parties and festivals, presentations, perhaps even long-planned holidays, I want you to know that your efforts have been worth it.

Because of you, because of your sacrifice, we've saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

And that's not something many generations will be able to say about their final weeks at schoolnot your elder siblings, certainly not your parents.