Apology letter to principal is written by a student/ parent/teacher to the principal to express regret towards a past mistake or occurrence. It is putting down in words how you are feeling about the mistake and a way of trying to make a positive change from a negative action.
Putting it down on paper in a way that will be acceptable can sometimes seem difficult. You want the recipient to understand and forgive your fault without adding more harm on it. Using a sample letter will make writing the letter easy and clearer.
How to Write an Apology Letter to the Principal
List down your mistake
Writing down how you feel or what you think makes the thought or the emotion more reasonable. It is important to first of all list down what you did wrong, you will be able to understand the depth of the mistake and figure out the best way to express your regret towards it.
Make a draft letter
With the realization on the depth of your mistake, you are now able to know the best way to write down your regret. It is best to first draft a letter before making a final one. Make sure that you include all the things you want to say in your apology, which is saying you are sorry, explaining the cause of the mistake and explaining how you will avoid the mistake in future. This draft will help you correct on areas you think do not sound right. You can always have a friend or family member read your draft and point out the parts that don’t sound right.
Write the final copy
The final copy should now be written in a formal format. This means that you did all the corrections on the draft paper and you are now sure, that what you are writing is the best way you want to express your regret. When writing the final copy, be keen on checking spelling mistakes, punctuation mistakes and grammar. The final copy should also include your signature at the end.
How to Send Your Letter
Before you send your letter of apology to the principal, it is first of all important to check out on the policies of the institution about sending apology letter. If there are no any policies, you can choose to either hand write or write an email. Sending an email is one of the easiest forms of passing the apology. It is quick and convenient.
However, the best form of sending a letter of apology is handwriting it and delivering it in person. Here are a few points, which will help you in delivering your letter.
Seal the letter into an envelope
Get a good size envelope and seal your letter. On the envelope write the name of the recipient who is of course the principal. You can also write your name on the envelope, but this is optional.
Deliver the letter in person
It may seem embarrassing to deliver an apology letter personally because you are on the wrong, but this is the best way to express your sincerity of how sorry you are. Always be confident when doing this and deliver it with a smile. If the recipient is not available by the time you are delivering the letter, the best way will be to wait for the time he will be in and give it in person.
Do not demand a response
The principal may receive the letter and not give any response about it at that moment. Do not stand there to demand a response. Wait at ease for response. In case there will never be a response, do not stress about it because you did your part and apologized, continue doing your part of making sure that the mistake will not happen again but do not live in fear. In most cases, there will always be a response, it may not be immediately but there will eventually be one.
Apology Letter to Principal (format)
Dear (Name of the recipient),
This is to sincerely apologize for my (behavior, action) during the school assembly today. I know that this behavior is against the school’s rules and regulations and I am so sorry it happened.
I recognize the efforts of the teachers to instill discipline in me as well as knowledge I need to succeed in life. I promise to never repeat this mistake again and to work hard to grow to be a better person and to perform well in my academics.
I hope this will not cause any damage in our relationship. Once again, I am very sorry for this. Please forgive me.
I thank you.
Apology letter to principal for cheating in exam
I am writing to express my deepest regret for cheating in science exam. I know that this is unacceptable to the school policy and could lead to dire consequences. It was a letdown to my science teacher who has worked so hard to see me perform well in the exam, my fellow classmates and the entire school.
This action has caused a lot of regret on me. I was so ambitious to performing well that I used the wrong method to do so. I please request that you reconsider or lighten my punishment.
I promise never to repeat this again. I will work hard in my studies and promise to perform well. I hope you forgive me.
I thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.
Apology letter to principal for misbehavior (from parent)
I am writing to tell you that I am sorry for my son’s behavior in school. I know that the school does not tolerate any student who is bully. I am so sorry for this.
I understand the efforts of the teachers to instill discipline in the students. I know that as a parent I should also play my part to make sure that the child grows in good behavior and respect to all.
I promise to talk to my son about it and to make sure that he will not repeat such behavior again. Once again, I am so sorry. Please accept this letter as a gesture and commitment to work in improving the behavior of my son.
I thank you in advance for your consideration.
Apology letter to principal for breaking rules
Dear (Principals name),
I am sorry for breaking the school’s rules. I sneaked out of school through the fence. This is against the school rules and could lead to suspension from school.
I am so sorry for doing it and I kindly ask that you forgive me and lighten my punishment about it. I promise never to repeat the mistake again and to work hard in adhering to the school motto, which is to strive for the best.
I hope you forgive me and hope to hear from you soon.
Apology letter to principal for breaking school property
Dear (principal’s Name),
I am writing to express my regret for breaking the classroom window. I take full responsibility for this damage. I was not supposed to play with the basketball near the classroom. I hit the ball and it went straight to the window. I am so sorry for this.
I am willing to pay for the damage and see that the window is fully repaired. I promise that next time I will watch where I am playing from and this will not happen again. Please accept my sincere apologies.
I thank you.
Apology letter to principal for beating a student
Dear (principal name),
I am writing to express my regret about the incident that happened last night in the dormitory. I got into an argument with my classmate and beat him up. I know I have caused injury on his head and this could lead to suspension.
I also understand that this is against the school policy. I really regret my action, which has painted a very bad image to my fellow students, the teachers, the parents of the injured student and the entire school. I have already apologized to the student and I am willing to apologize to his parents too.
I am so sorry that I did this and kindly asking for your forgiveness. I kindly request if you can lighten my punishment and spare me the
suspension. I promise that this will not happen again. I will avoid getting into any argument in future and to always control my anger. Please forgive me. I thank you.
Apology letter to principal for drinking alcohol
I am writing to express my regret for my behavior. I went against the school rules and regulations that state I should not consume alcohol in school.
I took some beer from home and brought it to school and shared with my friends. I take full responsibility for this as well for influencing my classmates to get drunk with me.
I am so sorry for this and hope you can lighten my punishment about it. I promise to never repeat this mistake again. I will work hard to make sure that I keep up in discipline and perform well in my studies.
I appreciate the hard work of my teachers towards making me a better person. I hope you forgive me. I thank you.
Apology letter to principal for low attendance
Dear (principals name),
I am writing to apologize for my frequent and unexcused absence this term. I understand that this is rude and unaccepted, as it appears like I am wasting time and not serious with my studies.
I have been missing in school frequently due to a medical condition that I am facing and have to attend clinic once every week. I am sorry I did not bring it to your attention on time. I hope my condition will improve in the next term and I will not have to miss school. in case it doesn’t change I promise to bring it to your attention on time.
I will work hard to catch up with the rest of the class to perform better in my studies. Please forgive me. I thank you.
Apology letter to principal for absence
I am sorry I was absent from school the whole of last week. This was due to a flu that was severe. I am sorry I did not let you know on time about this.
I promise to take notes on the lessons I missed to catch up on all that I missed. I will work hard to make sure that my performance is good. Please forgive me for this.
I thank you for your consideration.
Apology letter to principal for bringing phone
Dear (principal name)
I am sorry for violating the rule of not using the cell phone in school. I take full responsibility for this.
I had to bring the phone with me because I needed to communicate with my mum who is unwell and wanted to call her frequently. I understand I would have asked for permission from you or even used the school’s phone. I kindly ask for your forgiveness.
I thank you for your consideration.
Apology letter for not bringing a book
I am writing to express my sincere apology for not returning the science book.
I forgot my bag in the school van and by the time I went to look for the bag, it was already missing. I admit I was careless with the book.
I will buy another book to replace the one that I misplaced.
I promise that next time I will be careful with the school’s items.
Please forgive me. I thank you.
Apology letter to principal for skipping class
I am writing to sincerely express my apology for missing the English lesson yesterday. I know that this was an important lesson that was meant to prepare us for the upcoming exams.
I have no good reason why I missed the lesson and I am willing to take full responsibility for my mistake. I promise to take the notes and revise on it so that I can perform well in the exams. Please forgive.
I thank you.
Apology letter for not attending exam
Institute/ School Address
Subject: Apology for not Attending School Exam
I am so sorry I was not able to attend the school exam last term. this was due to an accident that I was involved in that led to my admission in hospital for 2 weeks.
I broke my arm and had a serious injury in my head. My family were so devastated by the incident that they did not remember to call the school to explain what had happened to me.
This exam is very vital for my next level. I am kindly requesting if it is possible for a reschedule of the exam for me. I was well prepared to do it and I am certain that I will perform well. Please consider my request.
Apology letter to principal for poor result / performance
I am sorry for my poor performance in the just concluded exams. I appreciate the efforts of the teachers in making sure that the performance of the school is maintained to its standard.
I admit I was lousy in my studies, which led to poor performance. I kindly ask for your forgiveness. I promise to work hard and attend all the lessons to make sure that my next results will be good. I hope you forgive me.
Apology letter to principal for mistake by teacher
I am sorry for my behavior in class yesterday. I regret beating up the student as a way of disciplining him. This incident led to the parent of the student being so mad at the entire institution and me.
I take full responsibility on the mistake and I promise to talk to the parents of the student to make things right. Kindly accept my apologies. I thank you.
(Name of teacher)
Apology letter to principal for not attending parents meeting
Please accept my apologies for failing to attend the parents meeting that happened on 00/00/00. This was due to a busy schedule at work that did not allow me to get the slightest time to be there.
I know that this was an important meeting for both the parent and the student. I am planning to come see you next week so that I can get an update of what was discussed. I thank you for your understanding.
Things to Keep in Mind When Apologizing to the Principal
Acknowledge your mistake
Do not give excuses or place the blame on another person. Admit that you are wrong by stating the mistake directly.
For example, “I am sorry I missed class”
Own up the mistake
Use the “I” statement to express that you are responsible for the mistake for example “I understand the punishment that comes with this kind of mistake”
State the measures you have put in place to correct the mistake.
This is applicable in some instances and not in all.
For example, if you missed a class, you can state that you will copy the notes and revise them to make sure you catch up with the rest of the class.
Promise to be better in future
State that you have learnt from the mistake and you will make sure the mistake does not happen again in future.
For example, “I promise to communicate in time next time” make sure that you are promising what you are able to keep. If it was unavoidable mistake, do not make any promises, just express your regret.