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What Our Students Say About Us

Yu Hei Wong

Yu Hei Wong Photo My instructor is very thorough and tailored the lesson according to my strength and weaknesses. Giving me encouragement when I'm unsure or not confident about my decision on the road. Passed today on second attempt.

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Katie Green

Katie Green Photo Couldn't recommend Julian barker enough! I went to him after having a bad experience with somebody else and he put me at ease straight away and built my confidence back each lesson. Brilliant teacher.

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Silpa Sivan

Silpa Sivan Photo I got my licence yesterday, it was my first attempt and my instructor was Mr Kamal. I got good training and he helped me to pass without hurdles. Thanks to 1st Driving School.

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Maimuna Gassama

Maimuna Gassama Photo Passed 1st time with Sandor at ashfield test centre! Would recommend him to anyone that’s looking for an instructor. Thank you so much!

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Dylan Marriott

Dylan Marriott Photo First time pass with Sandor. Made learning to drive a breeze. Great conversations and with him you get exactly what you pay for! 100% recommend him!

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Destiny Jordan

Destiny Jordan Photo My driving instructor was great, she had great patience with me and explained everything so well and will always take the time to answer any questions if you are unsure of anything. I passed today and I felt 100% supported right until then end. Would recommend to anyone!!

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Mia Cafferkey

Mia Cafferkey Photo My time spent with my instructor, Steve, was everything and more I could’ve hoped for whilst learning to drive. Steve was patient, kind, funny and clever in the way he taught things. There was never any pressure to learn at any other pace but the one that suited you. He made things easy to remember, fun and most importantly enjoyable. I can’t be more grateful for the time Steve sacrificed for me to pass over the last few months, and definitely recommend him to anyone who was as desperate to drive as I was, he will 100% get you there and never give up on you.

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Idocto

Idocto Photo Amazing instructor he was extremely friendly and made the lessons really enjoyable. Very patient and knows what he’s talking about. Got me to pass first time after 3 months of lessons, great guy.

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Nina Bandales

Nina Bandales Photo Kev is the best driving instructor you can get. He’s really easy to get along with and knows how to make you laugh if you’re feeling nervous at all. He also explains everything really clearly so you understand exactly what he means. I felt completely prepared when I did my test. If you can, definitely learn how to drive with Kev because you’ll be grateful you did. Thanks Kev.

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Nicholas Gardiner

Nicholas Gardiner Photo Christine was a wonderful instructor, always supportive with lots of positive feedback. I looked forward to every lesson and her instruction helped me to pass first time with only one fault,

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Chaitanya Kumar

Chaitanya Kumar Photo I had an excellent experience with Ash as my driving instructor. From the very first lesson, he was incredibly patient, knowledgeable, and professional. Ash has a unique ability to make you feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel, even if you're a nervous beginner like I was. He provided clear and concise instructions, breaking down complex maneuvers into simple, manageable steps. Ash's teaching style is very supportive and encouraging, always providing constructive feedback and celebrating progress, no matter how small. His calm demeanor and positive attitude made every lesson enjoyable and stress-free. Thank you so much Ash, I passed my driving test. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn to drive. You won't find a better instructor out there!

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Shetitun Mustapha-Ojoye

Shetitun Mustapha-Ojoye Photo 1st Driving School were able to match me with my instructor, Kamal. Kamal was a very lovely instructor, he was very patient, understanding and would always ask if I had questions, and if I did he would always answer them and never made me feel silly for asking. I had been to two previous instructors from different companies and had failed my driving test twice previously. After only a couple lessons with Kamal I was able to pass my driving test! His availability was great as we were able to work around my busy university exam timetable. I will recommend 1st Driving School to any of my friends. Thank you Kamal!

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Eloise Whitlock

Eloise Whitlock Photo Julian is a fabulous driving instructor! He made me feel really at ease, and answered all of my questions or concerns. Julian is thorough and makes sure you are safe and confident in all areas of driving, and has good knowledge of test routes etc. Julian was always flexible with my lessons and on time. I’m a nervous driver and wear hearing aids, Julian is very understanding and accommodating so brilliant for people who may be nervous about driving lessons for whatever reason. I have failed 3 driving tests (with other instructors) but passed first time with Julian! 1000% recommend Julian to anyone looking for automatic driving lessons.

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Aneeqa Mukhtar

Aneeqa Mukhtar Photo I recently passed my driving test on the first attempt, just three days ago, after learning with Kamal Singh from 1st Driving School. I did a lot of research before choosing this school, and it truly paid off. Kamal is an outstanding driving instructor. His patient, clear, and encouraging teaching style made a significant difference in my learning experience. His lessons were well-structured and tailored to my pace, which helped me build confidence quickly. Kamal's deep knowledge of the driving test requirements and routes was invaluable. He provided practical tips and constructive feedback that greatly improved my driving skills. His professionalism and punctuality ensured that each lesson was effective and focused. Thanks to Kamal's exceptional guidance, I was able to pass my test in just two months. I highly recommend Kamal Singh and 1st Driving School to anyone looking for a reliable and supportive driving instructor.

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Matthew Keane

Matthew Keane Photo Had a really helpful and patient instructor in Rif who took the time to explain things to me in a clear and helpful manner. Passed first time due to his teaching skills.

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Dorottya Kuli

Dorottya Kuli Photo I had a great experience with 1st Driving School. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor than Sandor. His knowledge and patience, friendly nature made every lesson both enjoyable and highly educational. Thanks to his expert guidance I am proud to say that I passed first time. I highly recommend choosing this school and especially Sandor to anyone looking to learn driving.

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Nikola Bednarova

Nikola Bednarova  Photo My instructor was Kamal. He is the Best! He is very polite, has lots of patience and I always looked forward to my lessons with him. The lessons were very informative and I learned so much. I would definitely recommend Kamal and 1st Driving School. Thank you so much 1st Driving School and Kamal.

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Sophie

Sophie Photo Rafhat was very patient with me and gave me a lot confidence during my learning journey. He explained everything well.

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Joel Phythian

Joel Phythian Photo Had a great experience with Steve over the course of my lessons. He knows exactly what he is doing and teaches it to you in the right way and adapts lessons if he spots something. He is also easy to get along with and will make the lessons fun.

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Kyron

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Kyle Tomlinson

Kyle Tomlinson  Photo First time pass and a big thank you Kev for being a brilliant instructor with your guidance and patience you gave me the confidence and skills to become a safe driver.

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Aisha Sylla

Aisha Sylla Photo Can honestly say Julian Barker was an amazing driving instructor!! He was patient and kind and made me feel much more confident while I was in the drivers seat! Just passed my test earlier today and all I can say is thank you to him as he is hands down a great driving instructor and I owe it to him as the reason I passed today! I’ve already recommended him to a few of my friends as I know they’d be in great hands with Julian!

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Jo Maris Mahusay

Jo Maris Mahusay Photo Highly recommended professional driving instructor! Julian Barker is an amazing instructor, no wonder why my friends recommended him as a driving instructor. It's my first time driving in UK and I had 0 confidence driving here since it's way too different comparing driving back home where it was right hand traffic. He made points for every lesson that needs to be tackled and provides feedback at the end that would build your confidence and improve your driving skills gradually until you are ready to take the exam. Always on time, and he focuses what needs to be done. Thank you so much Julian for time and patience you've given me, wouldn't accomplish this without you. I will surely remember all the tips and points you taught me.

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Saffron Howell

Saffron Howell Photo After previously trying to learn manual I decided to learn automatic as I was an extremely nervous driver with zero confidence. Whilst before I had struggled to sleep at the thought of a lesson, Julian made the lessons as easy as possible. He never pushed me too hard out of my comfort zone and was always building up my confidence. He really went out of his way for me and was always reliable. I will miss our lessons but so grateful to him for helping me pass FIRST TIME.

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Charlotte King

Charlotte King Photo Had a great experience with them as my driving school. Rif was a great instructor; he explained things well and was very knowledgeable about the testing process which helped me build up confidence on the road.

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Garion Wentworth

Garion Wentworth Photo Big thanks to Andy - an absolutely fantastic instructor, knowledgeable & very patient. Helps make the whole process easier, able to adapt approach to your needs & very encouraging & accommodating. Helps you feel at ease. I struggled with reverse bay parking & Andy suggested an adaptation to the manoeuvre which I nailed on test. Easy to get along with & helps build your confidence. I would 100% recommend.

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