Our most recent reviews

I have passed first time with Mark Reveley because he was so patient, friendly and very helpful even when you make a mistake. He doesn't get angry or impatient when you keep doing something wrong. For me, it was a tough decision finding a good instructor but I found the best I could. I can only recommend him for anyone who is looking for an instructor, you wont regret it.
Roland Hantosi
Brilliant Can't recommend 1st Driving School enough, especially John Cooke. I passed in less than 3 months!! John is patient and kind, exactly what you need in an instructor! He never gets mad if you mess up! I'll definitely be using them/him for my sons lessons!
Jo Padmore
I found my time as a learner to be very easy and efficient thanks to a brilliant instructor John. Very pleased to have passed first time with his help.
George Hood
Dean was an amazing instructor, he was entirely flexible when it came to my university timetable, and the long breaks I would take during uni holidays. Would greatly recommend to drivers on any level, especially Dean.
Yogesh Patel
Debra May was my instructor with 1st Driving school, she was so patient and a pleasure to be around. She tought me everything there was to learn and I am happy to say I passed first time. I would highly recommend her as a instructor and this company as a whole. Brilliant experience. Definitely recommend. Bec
Rebecca Hawksworth
AMAZING After passing my test today with 1st Driving School I just want to say a massive thank you to Andre. I must have put him through a lot of stress but I got there in the end with passing first time! I would recommend him to anyone!
Leiarnah Richards
Hi I’m Chris Johnson I recently passed my driving test with this company, my instructor was Dave Berry. I was struggling with hill starts and reverse parking but Dave put me at ease and talked me through the process every step of the way and I managed to perfect these manoeuvres thanks to the skill and guidance of a top quality instructor. 5 stars for First Driving School and to Dave Berry 😊
Chris johnson
THE BEST !!! Today I achieved a pass on my first attempt, a few months ago I would've said that was impossible, the company as far as I can tell you is clearly fantastic as they give you brilliant instructors like Nadeem. He is the most patient and understanding person and without him it wouldn't of happened, he made it fun and not a chore, I will truly miss our drives together and I just hope by going with this company everybody will have the success I have had, can't thank you enough Nadeem you are the best!!!!
Michelle Bowey
I can’t recommend 1st Driving enough, I had Roger Fleming as my instructor and he managed to turn my irrational fear of getting behind the wheel into a fun experience that I looked forward to every week, he was supportive and taught me everything I needed to know to pass! By far the best instructor and school i could of asked for.
Jamie Walker
Throughout my time of learning with Roger, it has been very enjoyable and I would highly recommend him to a friend or family member that is wanting to pass. The lessons are definitely worth it and he will always give you feedback so you can keep on improving!
Daniel Lee
My driving instructor (Robert Parker) was very helpful in teaching me to drive, he always had faith in me and helped me through any scenario I encountered. I have recently passed my test and would definitely recommend him and first driving school to anyone who is wanting to learn to drive.
Billy Joe Johnson
My instructor was John Cooke. He is an amazing instructor, definitely recommend to everyone, if you're a new driver or had lessons before! He's so patient and relaxed, he doesn't make you nervous at all. No matter how many times you have to try things out he's always willing to sit down and go through it with you. #positivepossom. Thank you John, I'll be sending everyone you're way.
Kimberley Porter,Derby
I just want to say a MASSIVE Thank You to Brian! I passed first time today and I honestly couldn’t have done it without him! He was always so patient and kind and taught me in a way that I would learn the best! And to say I had a deadline and only one opportunity to pass made it all the more nerve racking! Honestly would recommend him to anyone and everyone! Brian is just an all round brilliant person and instructor! I can’t stop smiling! Thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!
Danielle Horcicka,Derby
Highly recommended, big thanks to Roger Fleming who was my instructor, he was very patient and encouraging and an absolute joy to be around always! My lessons were always different and beneficial but fun! Glad I decided to go with him! No matter how difficult something was, he would know how to help you deal with it, excellent and very experienced tutor. 10/10 Top Boy.
Stuart Mckenna ,Derby
Passed first time with great help from my instructor Dean. He allowed me to learn at my own pace and was always supportive in lessons . He was easily able to identify and worked on my weaknesses in the beginning and advised me thoroughly prior to the test so the test itself didn’t seem new. I was fully prepared for the test and passed with only 2 minors. I would definitely recommend 1st driving and in particular Dean.
Kendal Slater,Wollaton/Nottm
Definitely recommend 1st Driving School, Roger was an excellent, experienced instructor and I can’t thank him enough for all of his help and patience! Really helped increase my confidence as well as general driving- before moving to 1st driving school I found driving very nerve racking but this rapidly improved with Roger’s help. Lessons were a genuine joy and that is down to him being a fantastic instructor. Thank you!
Keira Lowe,Oakwood/Derby
I just wanted to say thank you so much to Roger for all the time and dedication he spent helping me learn to drive, after having several other instructors he helped me to be confident and happy when I drive. He is a fountain of knowledge and finds ways to suit you on helping you learn how to drive and the different methods or rhymes when completing manoeuvres were definitely helpful. I would definitely recommend Roger to anyone who learns through rhymes and images. Thanks again Roger and see you out on the road.
Stephanie Adams,Derby
Roger has been the best. Right from the start he put my mind at ease, he always made my lessons interesting; which allowed me to become more comfortable behind the wheel. We worked well together, he wasn't just a tutor, but also a good friend, he always told me stories about what he used to do before he became a driving instructor and I always appreciated hearing them. On my first lesson I gave him a tough target for when I needed to pass and he did his very best to hit the target. He always pushed me to drive in harder situations and to ensure I achieved my very best in each lesson. I've learned so much from him, I now have the confidence to drive independently and I'd highly recommend him for other people who would like to start learning to drive.
Benjamin Winchester,Derby
I started my lessons with another company however I didn't get on with them then I came to 1st driving and did all my lessons with Monica, she was fantastic! Passed second time with very few minors, gave me lots of confidence. I have recommended her to friends and family who are now starting their lessons. Many thanks
Emily Baxter,Derby
Absolutely brilliant could not have had a better driving instructor Rob was a star.
Emily Knight,Nottingham
Christine was an amazing driving instructor who suited me perfectly. She gave me the confidence to learn and helped me to pass both my theory and practical tests first time. I will miss the amusing reprimands and anecdotes she regaled me with during my lessons!
Esther Halford,Long Eaton / Nottm
I did all my lessons with Brian, he was very patient with me and his way of teaching is very effective. I couldn’t have passed first time without him. Fantastic instructor and company!
Ellie Brierley,Derby
Can’t thank Eric enough for his time and patience. Have started and quit lessons so many times with other companies but with Eric only ever boosted my confidence and motivation. And thanks to him passed first time! He’s taught me and my wife and got us both to and through our tests. A credit to the company and Hucknall area.
Joseph Garrett,Nottingham
Michael Harmer is absolutely the most patient, calm and experienced driving instructor I have ever met. He deserves a five star!
Jiawei Zhang,Nottingham
Went from no experience to first time pass in ~25 hours. Dean Pigeon is an absolutely sensational instructor. Never once did I feel that I was testing his patience. From the first to last time sitting in the driving seat, he made me feel comfortable throughout. Would 100% recommend him as an instructor. He has a lot of respect for his clients and his calming pre-test drive put me in the perfect mindset to tackle the test! Thank you very much Dean, you absolute legend.
Tom Linford-Wood,Nottingham
I had a 5 star experience with Andrew Blain. He was a fantastic instructor and I passed first time and that is down to him and how he taught me to drive. I had been with a few different instructors before Andy from various companies and never felt ready to even take my theory test but in the last 6 months I passed my theory and my driving test both first time. I can't thank you enough for getting me through. Fantastic instructor.
Shona Mcguinness,Nottingham