Police in Napier are investigating reports a teenage girl was grabbed by a man on her way to school this morning.

Napier Girls High School principal Dawn Ackroyd has sent out a letter to parents stating a Year 10 student was grabbed by a male who then became startled and took off.

Ms Ackroyd said it happened on the Harvey Road steps that link to Sealy Rd on Bluff Hill.

She said student safety was paramount, and the school was advising girls not to walk alone or wear headphones in secluded areas.

The safety warning comes after several allegations of females being approached and grabbed by males in Hawke's Bay over the past few months.

More to come.