Yours sincerely dating
This goes at the top right-hand side of the letter.
– Date: Beneath your address, you write the date of the letter.
Note how we’ve formatted the date here, and left a space between the bottom of the address and the date.
This is a skill you’ll almost certainly need if you’re in the process of applying to UK schools or universities, so we thought we’d give you a handy guide on how to write formal letters and emails in English.
In this example we’ve used “Yours sincerely”, for reasons that will become clear later.
– Signature: we’ve left a gap here, where you would handwrite your signature once you’ve printed off your letter ready to send.
First names are best avoided if you want to be very formal, but may be acceptable in some situations, such as when you’re writing to someone you’ve met in person and who has encouraged you to address them by their first name.
In terms of more formal greetings, you have the following options: – Sir/Madam – you start your letter with “Dear Sir or Madam” when you don’t know to whom your letter should be addressed; for example, if you’re writing to the general university admissions department and don’t know exactly who would be responsible for the handling of your enquiry.