POLICE are investigating allegations of historic abuse at a Rastrick school.
An inquiry has been launched after complaints were made against the William Henry Smith School dating back to the early 1980s.
Manchester-based solicitors are investigating alleged physical, sexual and emotional abuse for an unknown number of clients.
There are no allegations against the school or staff as it is now.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed that they were looking at allegations of historic sexual offences but that the investigation was in its early stages.
A spokeswoman for solicitors Abney Garsden and McDonald confirmed the case but couldn’t give any further details at present.
It is believed that pupils at the school in the early 1980s have made complaints which include beatings and sexual abuse
The William Henry Smith School is a residential special school which provides education and care for boys with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
The school takes in young boys and care staff teach pupils basic daily living skills as well camping, climbing, walking, cycling and cooking.
The aim of the school is for pupils to leave with a variety of social and life skills that will prepare them for the world of work or further education.
In 1993 police investigated claims of financial mismanagement but no further action was taken.
A spokesman for the school’s solicitors Berrymans Lace, Mawer said they had no comment to make while the police investigation was under way.