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What Our Students Say About Us

Ben Haggerwood

Ben Haggerwood Photo Over my time with 1st Driving School I worked with two different instructors Daniel Evans and Kevin Hopps. Both were extremely good, useful and comforting within my training and I would highly recommend the both of them.

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Chris Leahy

Chris Leahy Photo Rafhat was an excellent instructor, passed with 1 minor within 3 months and with no other driving time then the lessons I had with him.

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Alice Worrall

Alice Worrall Photo I took two driving tests in a different area of the country several years ago - Adiel has really helped me get my confidence back with driving and I passed on my first attempt with him! Thanks so much.

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Stephen Nyarko-Andrews

Stephen Nyarko-Andrews Photo Usman helped me so much! Highly recommend.

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Cheneaka Thompson

Cheneaka Thompson Photo Stuart helped me so much as I wasn’t feeling as confident after having a not so great start with a previous driving instructor. Stuart was/is patient, friendly, professional, supportive and amazing throughout my whole driving journey which was even longer due to covid. I would highly recommend Stuart to anyone looking to start learning to drive as he is a great instructor and I appreciate all the help and advice he has given me. I passed my test first time and couldn’t be happier. Thank you Stuart and 1st Driving School.

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Lydia Verran

Lydia Verran Photo Kev has been so patient and fantastic throughout my whole learning experience. I never felt lectured, yet I continued to learn something new every lesson and he taught me all the way up to a first-test pass. The school picked me up and booked me in almost immediately after contacting them and I am so grateful for the school and Kev for accepting me and teaching me how to drive so quickly yet carefully! I always felt like my accomplishments were shared and have enjoyed every lesson. I would absolutely recommend Kev and 1st Driving School, very patient, attentive and supportive.

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Reena Khirodhur

Reena Khirodhur Photo I'm so incredibly grateful to say I have finally passed my driving test with Adiel Khan! I had had previous instructors who I felt did not have anywhere near as much patience as Adiel did! When I think back to the first lessons I had with Adiel I was so nervous and scared to be driving. Over time, Adiel made me feel more confident to be behind the wheel. I used to tell him all the time I hate driving but I can genuinely say that I enjoy it now and can't wait to drive to work. When I wanted to give up, he encouraged me to keep going and motivated me so much. I still can't quite believe I've passed as driving was something I struggled with for so long. Thank you so much Adiel for believing in me- I'll never forget it!

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Chloe Weaver

Chloe Weaver Photo Adiel has been amazing! I was really anxious when I had my first lesson due to previous bad experiences with driving lessons. However I felt secure and relaxed almost straight away. The objective of each lesson was explained at the beginning with goals being accomplished every time! Adiel was always on time and great every lesson! I passed my test first time with ease.

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Emily Racher

Emily Racher Photo My instructor was Roger Fleming and I could not ask for a more patient, kind and knowledgeable instructor. I went with Roger after being with a another instructor previously and the difference between the two was night and day. I started off as a nervous driver and Roger was extremely patient and spent as many lessons as it took to get my confidence up before we moved onto the next thing. The client led elements of his lessons allowed me to feel entirely in control of what I was learning and when. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 I had to stop and restart lessons in line with the government guidelines, however, the expertise and patience of Roger allowed me to get back to a high standard of driving in no time. I would highly recommend Roger Fleming to anyone looking to learn to drive. I thank him for all the time and effort put into me to get me to pass my driving test with only 2 minors.

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Yuzheng Chen

Yuzheng Chen Photo Really recommend teacher Nadeem. I passed at my second time at this school. Much better than the first school I tried.

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Sarieya Habib

Sarieya Habib  Photo Amazing driving school, my instructor Adiel was helpful and gave me the confidence I needed to pass.

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Elliott Collins

Elliott Collins Photo Adiel Khan taught me the skills needed, not only to pass my test, but also to be a confident, competent and above all, safe driver wherever I go, even in unfamiliar areas. I would 100% recommend Adiel to any new drivers. Thank you to Adiel and to 1st Driving School for the experience.

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Emma Ashley

Emma Ashley Photo My instructor from 1st Driving School, Kev Hopps, was absolutely fantastic right from the get go. He is always patient with me and encouraging and he is sensitive about my anxieties around driving. I have bad anxiety in general but Kev has helped me to believe in myself and my abilities whilst feeling safe knowing that he is right by my side. His honest approach is something I appreciate profoundly and I always know where I stand with him. He always communicates very effectively with me and he's totally upfront about everything. It's so important being able to trust someone like this and with Kev, I have never had to worry. He is very professional, punctual and dedicated to his job and it has been the greatest of pleasures having him as my instructor and right through to passing my practical test this week. I couldn't have found a better instructor than Kev, someone loyal, reliable, experienced, approachable and a true gem. I recommend Kev a million times over to anyone.

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Logeshwar Subramaniyan

Logeshwar Subramaniyan Photo I passed my test on my first attempt. My instructor was very professional and calm. He gave me lots of support to detect all mistakes and learn to clear those mistakes properly. Highly recommend him to anyone looking for driving lessons.

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Luca Aiello

Luca Aiello Photo From the first day to the last lesson there was a relaxed calm environment within the vehicle. Everything explained was cohesive and brevity, with some tips that as a refresher course and having not driven for a while I didn't know which demonstrated the current knowledge and experience of my instructor. Thank you 1st Driving School for providing high level of instructors, and thank you Raf for being an exceptional instructor who I would highly recommend to anyone starting or looking for a refresher courses.

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Maria Fraser

Maria Fraser Photo Kev has been an excellent teacher from start to finish. He instructs in a very calm manner and will never patronise you for making mistakes. I felt completely comfortable, safe and confident in his car. Kev also prioritises his pupils and I appreciate that he fit me when he was very busy. I was able to pass first time even with long driving breaks due to Covid - Thank you so much Kev. The positive reviews on his page speak for themselves.

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Francesca Belbin

Francesca Belbin Photo Adiel was a great instructor who put me at such ease on our lessons and explained everything really well! He gave me the confidence I needed to pass first time and I would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to learn to drive.

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Patrick Gannon

Patrick Gannon Photo Usman was a brilliant instructor, very patient and friendly. I would recommend.

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Andreea Nedelcu

Andreea Nedelcu Photo I passed my test using this driving school, I had my lessons with Usman Baig and I highly recommend him. He is very knowledgeable, professional, supportive and understanding. I am very happy and recommend him to anyone. Thank you Usman Baig and 1st Driving School.

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Maria York

Maria York Photo I just passed first time thanks to Rif. Lovely instructor, very patient and friendly. Highly recommended.

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Hussein Ibrahim

Hussein Ibrahim  Photo Very professional and extremely supportive. I passed my driving test after only 5 lessons with Kamal who is a great instructor. Thank you Kamal, you made my day today.

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Deborah Adi

Deborah Adi Photo When I switched to 1st Driving School, I knew it wouldn't be long before I passed my test. My instructor Adiel Khan worked on my grey areas and skillfully pushed me to my limit. I was confident and well prepared that I passed with two minor faults. Great instructor, I highly recommend.

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Hannah Fowler

Hannah Fowler Photo Adiel was a reliable and flexible instructor that ensured my daughter felt comfortable at all times and was ready to take her test.

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Karl Dixon

Karl Dixon Photo Adiel was absolutely amazing absolute fun to learn with and I would highly highly recommend driving with him 10/10

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Thomas Key

Thomas Key Photo 100% recommend Kevin Hopps from 1st Driving School!. I had previously been learning to drive with another instructor from a different driving school, but never clicked with him and he didn't seem that invested in my driving. He was happy to let me drive around without really giving me any guidance or support. After a friend recommended Kev, I got in touch. As soon as I started learning with Kev I instantly felt a difference in my driving. He helped me stamp out the bad habits I'd picked up previously and was brilliant in supporting me in the areas I struggled with. Not only is Kev's teaching style brilliant but he's patient, super friendly and makes you feel at ease behind the wheel. He'd always ask me what I'd been up to, how my kids were, what I'd been listening to, etc. Throughout my lessons he boosted my confidence and I went from feeling very nervous to really enjoy driving. I passed my test this week and can't wait to get on the road and drive with confidence thanks to Kev.

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Vienna Randall

Vienna Randall Photo My instructor was Shibu, he was lovely, can't fault him. After a year of no lessons due to covid and my last instructor not getting me anywhere with my lessons. I passed 1st time after only 19 hours of lessons.

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