GOVERNMENT inspectors have said teaching standards at a Bradford school have "steadily improved" after its governors were dramatically fired earlier this year.

But the Ofsted report into Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College says reliance on supply teachers remains a "major concern" and this is leading students to drop a number of subjects.

In April Bradford Council replaced the governors at the school with an Interim Executive Board because of concerns over how the school was being governed.

The school is regularly inspected since it was judged to "require improvement" last year, and the latest monitoring inspection took place last month. The results, announced today, said: "The overall quality of teaching in the college is steadily improving. This is a result of effective staff training, coaching for individual teachers, new appointments to the college and the robust tackling of underperformance."

However, it adds: "The extent of staff absence and reliance on supply teachers in several subjects understandably remain a major concern for the students and parents who made contact with us. Staff absence has affected student's progress in biology, English, psychology and health and social care with many students choosing not to continue to study these subjects at college."