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Wunmi Ajose

Wunmi Ajose Photo Truly first class driving school! I want to say a big big thanks to Kev. I’ve been trying to drive for about a year or so and have gone through my fair share of instructors and I can say he has been the best hands down. I was able to pass my test with only one minor with the help of Kev. He’s calm, relaxed and genuinely a nice person. If you’re like me and make silly driving errors be rest assured that you won’t be judged for your actions simply just taught on how to avoid the mistake occurring again and for that reason I never once felt uncomfortable while in the driving seat. If you’re looking to pass your test stress free Kev’s your man.

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Michael Allen

Michael Allen Photo Great company.. Great instructor. 1st Driving put me in contact with Dan one of their instructors and I began my journey to passing my driving test. Dan was always reliable, a great teacher and gave me all the confidence and skills to pass my practical driving test. I was always kept up to date with the driving app which gave you an updated report on driving skills. Thank you for everything, would 100% recommend to anybody wanting to learn to drive.

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Jack Adams

Jack Adams Photo Andre- best driving instructor around! Reliable, on time and very professional, first driving school made it an absolute breeze and the lessons informative.Andre was my instructor and can’t recommend him enough, he was friendly, punctual and importantly made things so simple to understand! I’ll always remember to “keep it stupidly simple!” Thank you again!

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Lucy Neale

Lucy Neale Photo I can’t recommend 1st Driving School and my instructor Andy enough. Everything has been running smoothly all throughout, no issues with booking lessons and whatnot. Andy has always been on time when picking me up for my lessons. When I first started my lessons I was quite anxious on the road, he always put me at ease and made me feel confident with my driving and believed in me throughout. He’s always been very friendly and patient, also really informative and supportive. Thanks to him, I passed my driving test this morning!! Woo!!

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Courtney Sherriff

Courtney Sherriff Photo I've had a few lessons with Rif so far and I can't praise him enough. He's been so calm and patient with me, has never shouted if I did something wrong and has always encouraged me to do my best. He always challenges me and tries to push me out of my comfort zone so that I can progress and become more comfortable. Upon starting, I was extremely nervous about driving he helped to calm my nerves, thoroughly explaining everything and always helping should I desperately need it. I've progressed far within these weeks, more than I initially expected and I can't recommend 1st Driving School or Rif enough.

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Liam Bair

Liam Bair Photo I would highly recommend Dafydd for learning to drive. He has been amazing from the first lesson and I passed my test with only one minor fault.

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Rebecca Thorpe

Rebecca Thorpe Photo 100% recommend Ashley Trueman. I started learning to drive in June with Ashley. This was my first time so I was pretty nervous but he reassured me and made me feel comfortable and relaxed. He always gave me the best tips and always gave me the best support possible throughout my driving lessons. 100% would recommend Ashley to anyone learning to drive, he for sure is the best and I’m so grateful for everything that he has done for me and taught me over the past few months. Couldn't have picked a better instructor. I would recommend 1st Driving School.

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Samuel Grantson

Samuel Grantson Photo Kevin is Amazing! I had my lessons with Kevin, the best instructor. I've even recommend him to some friends who are now having a similar positive experience with him. Understanding I'm dyslexic, Kevin exercised patience, taking time to understand my learning styles and came back with an approach which helped me pick up driving and balance distractions in no time. He even checked up on me to make sure I was mentally prepared for the test. I feel so lucky to have had him as an instructor. Even after passing I know who to call on for some extra hints and tips.

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David Morris

David Morris Photo I’ve been dealing with Kevin as my instructor for the last 5 months he has been completely honest and upfront with my driving. He is very passionate about his job and has been brilliant. If you need a top quality instructor Kevin is your man.

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Lakshani Fernando

Lakshani Fernando Photo Excellent Driving school and instructors! I am really pleased by how my instructor has taught me. Anything I wanted to know, she was happy to help me and answer any of my questions. I took my time to be ready and she has assured I would be totally confident before I attempt my practical test. I am happy to say that thanks to my instructor I have been able to pass at first attempt! I would recommend 1st Driving School to all the inexperienced learners who have never driven in their lives as, I have been taught from the start and, that is the reason I got on well with my driving. Thanks to 1st Driving!! Thanks for making me a good driver!

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Miran Faily

Miran Faily Photo I had Kevin and couldn't have been happier - down to earth, patient and a great guy! Thanks to him and his method I passed 1st time here in Nottingham! Recommend him to anyone who asks.

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Tijana Stirland

Tijana Stirland Photo Libby is the best instructor! Passed my test yesterday with 4 minors. After having two previous driving instructors and not getting far with them. Then finding Libby John was amazing!! Honestly couldn’t of asked for a better instructor. From the moment I spoke to her on the phone I knew I’d be comfortable around her!!! Couldn’t recommend her enough!!!! Thank you so much!!!!

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Sadie Malla

Sadie Malla Photo Thanks to Kevin I have passed my driving test for a manual car. I was struggling to pass for some time, especially due to my working hours but once I started with this school, Kevin always made space for me in his diary to fit lessons into my hectic schedule. Kevin is a really great instructor, he is quite experienced and has a very learner friendly car. He makes driving look and feel simpler, his lessons are relaxed, and he is always encouraging us to better ourselves in every aspect of our driving to make us safer drivers. For instance, despite passing my practical test, on the way back, he would be showing me what I could have done even better when I am out on the road on my own. He generally cares. I highly recommend the school and Kevin if you are looking for a driving instructor who knows their stuff, and that too at an affordable price.

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Connor Kilner

Connor Kilner Photo Passed my test today thanks to Kevin. I Would recommend him to any new learners wanting to drive, he teaches incredibly well and has a lot of patience.

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Iosia Isac

Iosia Isac Photo Best instructor ever! Excellent good teacher, I understood everything he told me.

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Aimee Baxter

Aimee Baxter  Photo Highly recommend! I had Geoff Crowe as my instructor and felt as if he was very patient with me, always put my mind at ease when I was full of nerves. Because of his encouragement I managed to past my test this morning, many thanks to him!

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Sean Hawley

Sean Hawley Photo So happy I passed my test would not have done it without all the help from my instructor Kevin Hopps. I felt relaxed and calm within the first ten minutes of being in Kev's car, very good and clear instructions and advice. He picked up on all of my faults in my very first lesson, feel like Kev takes driving instructing more than a job as it was just as overwhelming for him as it was for me today when I passed. I literally could not have asked any more from him brilliant bloke in general and amazing instructor. Thank you so much Kevin all the best.

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Paulina Ekman

Paulina Ekman Photo Kevin Hopps has been an amazing driving instructor. He's not pushy and made me feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel. His teaching methods fit me perfectly. He took me through a lot of different traffic and road conditions to teach me how to deal with them after I passed my test. This was extremely helpful.

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Kira Moore

Kira Moore Photo I would like to say the biggest thank you to Kev for his help and support over my time learning to drive, I honestly couldn't have done it without him. He was constantly supportive going above and beyond to help me and make sure my experience of learning to drive was a good one. If anyone is looking for an instructor I would more than recommend Kev!

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Rukia Ahmed

Rukia Ahmed Photo I’m so glad I started taking lessons with this company, my instructor was Rif, I started off so nervous and scared due to bad experiences from previous instructors but Rif understood my situation and always helped me stay calm, he gave me so much confidence and I’m so greatful that he was my instructor!

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Angel Adey

Angel Adey Photo A big thank you to my driving instructor Kevin Hopps! He was brilliant, very patient and really helped build my confidence with driving. Would definitely recommend him and the driving school to anyone wanting to learn to drive :)

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Ebby Adereti

Ebby Adereti Photo I have just passed my driving test first time over the weekend and I would never have been able to do it without Kevin Hopps! He is such a calm and understanding instructor which is exactly what I needed after having 2 bad experiences with previous driving companies. I was able to boost my confidence within a number of lessons which had a significant impact on my driving. He knows exactly what he’s doing without being overbearing or controlling, which is the best way to learn. He’s a genuine person and instructor and I will not only be going back to him for motorway lessons but I will certainly be recommending everyone I know. Thank you again Kev!

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Stephanie Hinman

Stephanie Hinman Photo 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.

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Graham Smith

Graham Smith Photo Kevin Hopps was a great, easy-going and patient instructor. Lessons were always enjoyable, constructive and I looked forward to every one! I wasn't always confident, but Kev took his time to cover the aspects of driving I struggled with, putting appropriate faith in my ability, he was never controlling. I am going to miss his lessons for now but hope to return for motorway lessons with him at some stage! Thanks Kev.

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Russell Hudson

Russell Hudson Photo Recently passed with Kevin Hopps. He was very helpful, provided good feedback and his relaxed attitude made me feel comfortable from lesson 1.

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Allan Marr

Allan Marr Photo I dropped my details at the school and within hours I got contacted by Kev Hopps who ended up being my instructor and he was brilliant! Very good at assessing my skill level, finding out what needed improving and working on it till I was comfortable. I never felt like he was in it for the money, he wants you to be a good driver and he wants you to pass. He was good at quizzing me during my lessons on speed limits, what signs meant and building up confidence (especially when it came to roundabouts!) When it came to the test he made sure that I was calm during the lesson before and even it the waiting room we we're talking about bands we'd seen! I felt calm going in and helped me pass on the day. I can't recommend Kev enough, I had an amazing experience with him.

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