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As you'll see in the Biography page, our Chief Instructor also holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTS): he's totally committed to high-quality, effective teaching and learning.
At his most recent DVSA Standards Check, Stephen was awarded an A-grade, putting him in the top flight of UK driving instructors.
All teachers and driving instructors are subject to enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks. You can inspect your instructor's latest report if you wish. It's clean.
We can help you prepare for your Theory and Hazard Perception Test using the latest learning aids and through practical experience.
A thorough understanding of the Highway Code is fundamental to beginning to learn to drive and to being a safe driver for life. We'll make sure you acquire that understanding so that the Theory Test becomes almost trivial for you.
Developing your skills in observing the world around you, assessing what you see quickly and accurately and deciding how to deal with it are the core skills that will be examined in your Hazard Perception Test.
You cannot even make an appointment to take your practical driving test until you have passed your Theory and Hazard Perception Test. We'll help you get there.
Naturally, we're happy to educate novice drivers. We'll make sure you're a safe driver for life, then put you up for your DVSA Driving Test.
Note that we teach only automatic transmission.
We're famous for our patience, and we absolutely do not cherry-pick. By this, we mean that we will guide you through the learning process for as long as it takes. If, by any chance, you're not successful on your driving test then we will stand by you through thick and thin until you do pass it, however long it takes. That's our promise.
Other driving schools worry more about their headline pass rates; they don't want students who thrive with more individual care and more time from their teacher: we do.
A great many of our students come to us after experiencing less effective teaching with other driving schools. If you find yourself in that position or have been unsuccessful in previous driving test attempts then please come to us. We've developed great expertise in reversing bad experiences and turning candidates who've struggled in the past into safe drivers for life.
We deliver the Pass Plus course in automatic transmission cars, or in your own car.
Pass Plus is a 6-module course that gives you driving experiences in many areas that you might not gain before your driving test. For example, driving in bad weather [PDF download], cross-country, on roads you don't know, in the dark. Oh, and motorways, of course.
By taking the Pass Plus course you'll improve your driving skills, come to find driving more enjoyable and satisfying and keep yourself and everyone around you safer.
The course is continuous assessment - there's no further driving test. Your instructor will send off your completed assessment form to the DVSA and they'll send you a certificate.
You don't have to take the full Pass Plus course. If you just want to do a motorway course, we can do that too.
Some insurance companies give discounts to new drivers who complete the Pass Plus course. Make sure you tell them you've completed Pass Plus when choosing your first insurer.
Stephen is an Institute of Advanced Motorists Regisistered Instructor, an Institute of the Motor Industry accredited Local Observer and an IAM Roadsmart assessor and coach.
He passed his IAM Advanced Driving Test in 1996, his DIAMond Special Test in 2011 and was awarded Distinction in his IAM Roadsmart Masters test in 2021.
We can help prepare you for your IAM Roadsmart advanced driving test. Follow the link to IAM Roadsmart for more details on Advanced Driving.
If you have lost your driving license or been ordered to take further training or to re-take your driving test, we will be happy to assess your needs and guide you to reach and exceed the high standard of driving required.
If you have been ordered to take the Extended Driving Test then we can help you to prepare for that, too.
If you are planning to visit or live in the UK and are contemplating driving on the left, have you carefully considered the implications? Do you plan to convert your foreign driving license to a UK one?
Do you employ an au-pair? Are you planning to let her or him loose on the roads in your car, perhaps with your family as passengers? Are you confident they'll all stay safe?
We can help you with the conversion, familiarise you with different road sign and road marking schemes and make sure you have sufficient understanding of UK road law. Contact us for details.
We try to be as flexible as possible in managing our appointments. Lessons can be an hour, an hour and a half or two hours. If you want to do several lessons a week that shouldn't be a problem. Indeed, it's ideal.
Please note that we do not offer so-called "intensive" courses. It is not our belief that intensive courses are are in the client's best interests and so it is not a market in which we choose to participate.
Within reason and with notice, your instructor can pick you up and drop you off anywhere within their patch: home, college, work, the shops... However, we do inist that teaching and learning is delivered during the lesson: we're not a taxi service! The route from pick-up to drop-off must be appropriate to the lesson.
You won't find us to be the very cheapest educators around. But then, we're not cheapskates when it comes to effective teaching and learning. We're by no means the costliest either, as it happens.
How many driving instructors have you come across who actually hold Qualified Teacher Status from the Department for Education?
We don't feel we need to compete by being the very cheapest. It's all about the quality of teaching and learning.
For tuition with Stephen in our automatic cars, the current price is £37 per hour.
A recurring discount is offered for pre-paid blocks of ten hours.