06/05/2012 10:28 BST | Updated 06/05/2012 10:28 BST

'Racist' Newcastle School Sent Mother Letter In Hindi 'Because She Had An Asian Name'

A school has been accused of racism after it sent a mother a letter in Hindi - even though she could not speak the language.

Raheela Ahmed, whose daughter attends the Newcastle upon Tyne primary school, said the reason she was sent the letter in the foreign language was because she had an asian surname.

"I'm really offended and it's insulting to send me a letter in another language," she told local paper the Chronicle Live. "They've just assumed because of my surname that I speak [Hindi].

"You're trying to be racist to me - this is how I felt when I got the letter," Ahmed, who is of Pakistani descent, added. "We get all our letters sent out in English, we don't even speak much Punjabi with the children."

Archibald First School in Gosforth has since apologised for causing any offence and called the mistake a "translation error".