Our most recent reviews

Dean is an amazing instructor! After loosing confidence/hating driving because of my last Instrutor I decided to swap to Dean. Dean is absolutely amazing; he’s very patient, calm and reassuring whenever I made any mistakes. Dean is also very encouraging, supportive and made me feel at ease. He always made sure I was happy with how everything went and if there’s anything I worry about he would pick it up and practice with me. He helped me feel comfortable in my driving and because of him I passed first time. I will definitely be recommending him to all my friends! Thank you so much Dean & 1st Driving School.
Lu Li,Instructor Dean Pidgeon
I could write a lengthy review full of compliments & accreditation of the exemplary way 1st Driving School got me through my driving lessons, to test & passing at my first attempt. I could do the same in describing how Kevin Hopps, my instructor, was absolutely brilliant in quickly determining my competence as a driver & adapting my learning plan accordingly. Saving me money by not taking unnecessary lessons, at his own cost & enabling me to book, take & pass my test at the first attempt. However my review of both 1st Driving School & Kevin Hopps is simply. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT
Mark Jarrett,Instructr Kevin Hopps
I've just passed my test this week and it was on my first attempt, this is all down to my instructor Eric who was brilliant, he was always calm and reassuring if I'd made a mistake throughout my lessons, always punctual and never let me down I cant thank him enough and I wish him all the best in the future ( I hope he sees this and knows how much I appreciate every hr spent with him learning from him ) thank you Eric
Chris Mathison,Instructor Eric Machin
Excellent Driving Instructor. Would definitely recommend 1st Driving School to anyone wanting manual or automatic lessons. My instructor Mark was extremely helpful and patient no matter what happened, lessons were focused on the areas which I wanted to work on all while practicing on many of the possible test routes which helped prepare me for my test.
Saul Phillips,Instructor Mark Reveley
I passed my driving test this week with Kevin Hopps. I failed last month with 18 driving faults. I was recommended to Kev from my friend who had passed with him last year. My first lesson with Kev he picked up on my faults straight away. I had 5 hrs in total and i passed 2nd go with only 2 minors. I can't thank Kev enough, he's a great teacher, patient, knowledgeable and great fun too. Kevin Hopps 1st Driving you can't go wrong.
Alex Jeffson,Instructor Kevin Hopps
I really recommend Roger as a driving instructor! Makes you feel confident and points out the wrong and teaches you how to do it better. Honestly really recommend him, and a big thank you for teaching me!
Sky Reynolds,Instructor Roger Fleming
Fantastic, encouraging environment to learn to drive! Dean has been such a supportive, kind and patient instructor. He is very organised, has a great personality and makes sure that you are at ease. Throughout the whole process, Dean has been so encouraging and checks in to see how each lesson went. I value the fact that it was not just about passing for Dean, but to make you a responsible and comfortable driver on the road. I highly recommend Dean, thank you so much.
Kavita Raniga,Instructor Dean Pidgeon
Dean is awesome! I was exetremely pleased from start to finish with 1st Driving School and in particular my instructor, Dean. Best instructor I’ve had (and I’ve had 5) nice and relaxed but very supportive and of course patient, would recommend 10/10 Oh and I passed first time :)
Chris Simpson,Instructor Dean Pidgeon
Couldn't recommend Kev enough! I passed first time with Kev. He is an exceptional instructor who is full of helpful tip and tricks! I had a lesson every week, with extra running up to my test when I wanted them. He knew how to teach to cement my strengths and improve my weaknesses but most of all I had fun every lesson! He's very friendly and fun and I wouldn't have passed with our him!
Sophie Turner,Instructor Kevin Hopps
Had an excellent driving instructor called Debra who got me a pass. I would highly recommend 1st Driving School to anybody who wants to learn to drive, thank you
Liam Richards,Instructor Debra May
Simply wonderful! A big thanks to Dan Evans for his natural and supportive approach across all of my driving lessons. I can openly admit that learning to drive was the biggest challenge I have ever faced andhe helped me get through all of it. There were some tricky times but Dan used all of his skills to get me across the 'finish line'. Not to mention we had a good laugh along the way. Professional, supportive, adaptable, organised and open - a fantastic instructor and a brilliant driving school. Thanks Dan, 1st time pass with a 1st class instructor! Dave
Dave Armstrong-Jones,Instructor Dan Evans
Roger Fleming is a great instructor! I cannot recommend Roger Fleming enough. His teaching is faultless and he is hugely passionate. As somebody who has experienced worries and nerves about driving Roger never failed to boost my confidence, he was able to tell when I needed a pep talk and they always helped! Roger is extremely kind, patient and understanding and is keen to create a professional driver attitude in all of his students. There is nothing Roger doesn’t know about driving and the stories he has told me in regards to how he has helped and mentored other students is very inspiring. I am so pleased that Roger was my instructor and I know for sure that he is the perfect driving instructor. It did take me a while to pass and Roger never gave up on me - always listen to Roger as he knows exactly what he is talking about. His approach is methodical and easy to understand. As I said, I can not recommend him enough.
Nikki Johal,Instructor Roger Fleming
Andre was a pleasure to learn with. He is friendly, punctual and reassuring; his 30 years of instruction really show. At times it feels more like having a drive around with a friend but very much the teacher when introducing new material, or picking up on faults—he is fastidious, as he may say so himself.
Jedd Bellamy-Carter,Instructor Andre Ogiste
I had Dean as my instructor and he was absolutely brilliant. Always on time and very good at communicating what you need to improve on, while also being patient and making you feel relaxed. Despite not being a natural at driving I passed first time with 2 minors thanks to Dean. Would recommend him to anyone.
Harry Butterworth,Instructor Dean Pidgeon
First time pass with Dan Evans! If you are looking for a fun, patient and professional instructor, I can’t recommend Dan enough! I had a terrible first experience with another driving instructor but Dan was able to boost my confidence and he made me comfortable behind the wheel. He coached me all the way through to the test and, despite the nerves, I passed first time! Merci Dan
Marine Mignot,Instructor Dan Evans
First time pass on my practical and theory tests, Roger was a huge help to that, bringing in his iPad to help with hazard perception practice made a massive difference to me passing my theory test. The practical side was also brilliant, very calm teaching and instructing throughout every single lesson allowed me to feel confident about the test and what I would be faced with. All I can say is thank you to Roger and 1st Driving School for all the help! Highly recommend.
Sam Potter,Instructor Roger Fleming
First time pass with Libby John! I could not recommend anyone more than Libby John for driving! Made me feel so relaxed and welcome to the roads even though I initially struggled to keep calm under pressure. First time pass for my theory and my practical with only 5 driver faults. She’s amazing and the company is cheap which is convenient for me, a young girl on minimum wage. THANKYOU for the amazing experience! I cannot wait to experience the roads on my own. Honestly going to miss my driving instructor so much i’m definitely staying in contact. This company has amazing staff and amazing prices I 1000% recommend.
Lucy Purdy ,Instructor Libby John
I met my instructor Brian Johnson through my nephew's who both passed their tests with him. I have never been behind a wheel of a car and my nerves and confidence were very low. Every lessonBrian put me at ease and went through everything with me stage by stage. It has been a tough journey but well worth it. I passed my test on the 2nd attempt and was over joyed. I highly recommend Brian.
Sharon Grogan,Instructor Brian Johnston
Fantastic instructor who gave me confidence. After learning and failing one test with another driving school, I had 9 months off and really lost my confidence. I contacted 1st driving school and was paired with Rita. What a diamond! Iam so lucky to have had her as my instructor. She made me feel comfortable, in control and helped my confidence enormously. I failed my second test, this time after learning with Rita but she encouraged me to get straight back in there and I passed a week ago! She gave me enough confidence that I'm literally on my way to collect my first car. I don't know if all the instructors are as good as Rita, but I would highly recommend!
Holly Milner,Instructor RIta Alford
First time Pass with Kev. When I started learning I was so nervous, but Kev has been the most amazing teacher and helped me battle all those nerves and pass my test first time. He has been encouraging, patient and made me feel very calm during my lessons. Kev keeps the lessons fun and professional and I couldn't be happier with the progress I made during his classes. Nearing my test Kev made sure that any skills or manoeuvre I felt unsure on were practised until I felt comfortable. Kev encouraged me to chose which skills I felt needed inproving during lessons which allowed me to build my confidence in not only those skills but my overall driving. With Kevs help, tips and confidence in me, I passed my test first time with only 4 faults! I would reccomend Kev to anyone, amazing teacher.
Bryony Shepherd,Instructor Kevin Hopps
Passed first time with Michael Harmer! I just passed my test first time with just 4 faults and I attribute all of it to the excellent teaching, advice, patience and encouragement of my instructor, Michael Harmer. I had wanted to learn how to drive since I was 17 when all of my other friends had passed and were driving. Finally I took the opportunity this year at the age of 23 and am so happy it’s finally happened. I would highly recommend Michael as your instructor if you’re looking to learn how to drive, thanks Michael, all the best!
Mark Deas,Instructor Michael Harmer
1st time pass with Kevin>! Passed my driving test 1st time with instructor Kevin Hopps. Great instructor, very dedicated, helpful and extremely patient. I felt comfortable in my driving lessons, being able to alter what the time was used for depending on what I wanted to improve on or felt less comfortable with. This allowed me to feel confident with all the manoeuvres and prepared for my test. Would highly recommend Kev! Thankyou again for all your teaching and support.
Roxanne Copley,Instructor Kevin Hopps
Passed first try because of Dean. At no point did I feel under too much pressure when I made mistakes and he made it clear how important lane discipline is on roundabouts. I've learnt a lot during my lessons here.
Marcus Sam,Instructor Dean Pidgeon
Passed with the best instructor Debra May. I was very nervous to start driving lessons but from the second I spoke to and met Debra she made me feel so comfortable and at ease. She is an incredible driving instructor who built my confidence straight away and was always very patient and encouraging. I couldn't have passed without Debra and her constant support! I highly recommend her and am so grateful to have had her as my instructor.
Verity McCormick,Instructor Debra May
Geoff Crowe, Highly recommended instructor :) Thank you Geoff Crowe my brilliant driving instructor :) your patience and hard work has paid off, I've passed my test at the age of 54 :) yayyy! ☺️
Julie King,Instructor Geoff Crowe
Brilliant! After having a previous bad experience I decided to change instructors to Brian Johnston. He was patient and made me feel confident with my driving when I didn’t believe in myself. Would highly recommend!!
Eliza Brookes ,Instructor Brian Johnston