• Learn to Drive at any age
    from 14+ to test standard
  • 60 Hectare Site
    with full road layout
  • Gift Vouchers Available
    Ideal for Birthday and Christmas Gifts
  • It's really good ...
    ... I learnt everything really quickly,
    I passed first time!
    Shane Darward
  • My Sister and I ...
    ... both passed our test first time!
    Laura Wiseman
  • They are BRILLIANT :) ...
    ... I really enjoyed my lessons
    Jessica Graham
  • Started at aged 16 ...
    ... Very Friendly, Passed first time!
    Richard Gibbon

Driving Lessons in Carlisle - Start from the age of 14 to any age.

It's quite a scary place to learn to drive on today's busy road systems, especially with Carlisle's one way system - so why don't you start somewhere safer, with no traffic, so that you can learn to control a car before testing the roads.

New Starters Driving School has access to a full 60 hectare site with large tarmac area and road layout, just on the outskirts of Carlisle.

We can teach you how to set off safely, pull up safely, steer correctly, use the gears and clutch, engine breaking and even how to do a hill start all on your first lesson. With as little risk as possible as there's no other traffic.

You can come back and learn how to do T junctions and all your manouvers before risking the roads.

Our driving instructor, Stephen Philipson, is a fully qualified, DBS checked, DVSA approved driving instructor. He has been teaching for over 5 years with an excellent pass rate. So if you want, we would love it if you stayed with us when you venture out on the highways, 

Don't forget, we do Gift Vouchers as well!

  • Zoe Walker

    when choosing a driving instructor the most important criteria was there experience and i wanted someone with a high pass rate, I was taught by John Collins and passed first time. When I was learning to drive John made it easier than I had expected it to be and I found that his teaching methods were good for me. I would recommend new starters driving school as I passed my test on my first attempt and found them very helpful.  

  • Kate Lawson

    When looking for an instructor in carlisle I had to find one that was encouraging and helpful, I was taught by John wardle and found that learning to drive was better than I had expected it to be. My instructors teaching methods were very helpful and I would definitely recommend new starters driving school as they have great instructors that made learning to drive enjoyable. I passed my test on my first attempt.

  • Henry Richards

    Henry Richards was taught by our instructor John wardle in carlisle, he said that his most important criteria when choosing an instructor was that they were friendly and easy going, other factors were that they had to be reliable. When learning to drive with new starters driving school it was as expected and found my instructors teaching methods were really good. Henry added that he would recommend new starters driving school (and already has), the service was superb and there was nothing he would recommend as an improvement. 

  • Mark cottam

    Mark cottam had intensive driving days with the new starters driving instructor Stephen, he said that when choosing an instructor they had to have an excellent pass rate and had to be local, he also added that experience was a factor when choosing an instructor. When learning to drive he had expected it to be difficult but when he got into the driving it was much easier than he had thought as Stephen made him feel comfortable and his teaching methods were easy to understand. Mark said he would recommend new starters to others as the price was fair and the communication was good, adding that he couldn't think of anything to improve the driving school.

  • Jack little

    Jack little passed with new starters driving schools instructor Stephen, he has said that when looking for a driving instructor he wanted one that was highly recommended and well known, when learning to drive he found that it was a calmer experience than he had expected and alot more fun than he thought it would be. Jack told us that his instructors teaching methods were brilliant and that he would recommend new starters. 

  • Jack Watson

    Well done to Jack Watson on passing his test with new starters driving school, we asked jack if he could review us and he had this to say.

    When choosing an instructor the most important criteria was the reviews that He had seen and heard about the instructor. When learning to drive he said that his instructor had made it much easier than he had expected it to be and found his teaching methods amazing. We asked Jack if he was likely to recommend us he said yes, because his instructor John Collins was good with explaining and helping when he was struggling. We asked if there was anything he would improve about our service and Jack answered that there was nothing he would improve on.

  • Mark Donnelly

    Mark Donnelly passed with new starters driving school in carlisle with our instructor John Collins.

    Mark wrote us a review and had this to say, the most important criteria when choosing a driving instructor was that the instructor had to make you a safe driver and he also wanted someone who was not going to put pressure on him. When learning to drive it was a lot easier than he had expected with all the help he got, His instructors teaching methods were brilliant and Mark also said that he would recommend us to others because our instructors adapt to the learner and the learners speed of progress. There was nothing Mark could think of to improve our services. 

  • Jamie Carruthers

    Jamie Carruthers of carlisle passed his test with John wardle, we asked Jamie if he could review us and he had this to say.

    When Jamie was looking for an instructor they had to have the ability to get him through his test quickly, be friendly and able to have a laugh (Jamie passed in less than 2 months). Jamie said whilst learning to drive it was easier and more enjoyable than he thought it would be and his instructors teaching methods were spot on. He has said that he would recommend us because both the driving school and instructor were fantastic and he wouldnt improve on anything as everything was great.

  • Keith filmer

    Congratulations to Keith on passing his test with new starters driving school in carlisle. We asked keith to review us and he had this to say,

    when choosing a driving school Keith said that he had always wanted to support new starters driving school as he knew Stephen. When learning to drive with his instructor John Collins he said that he progresssed a lot quicker than he had anticipated and that his instructors teaching methods were second to none. Keith has already recommended new starters driving school and said there was nothing that he would add to improve our services. 

  • Will smith

    Well done on your first time test pass Will.

    when choosing a driving school we asked Will what the most important criteria was, he said that they had to be successful and affordable and also had to have good reviews. When learning to drive Will said it was less stressful than he thought it would be and that his instructors teaching methods were very good. Will told us that he would definitely recommend us and the reason was because we are very helpful, he also added that he wouldn't improve anything from our driving school.

     

  • Charlotte Blackburn

    Well done to Charlotte who passed her test with new starters driving school and thankyou for your review. We recently asked charlotte what she thought about her experience with us and she had this to say.

    The most important criteria when looking for an instructor was that they had to be friendly and make you feel comfortable, she also added that a good reputation was a key factor. When learning to drive in comparison to what Charlotte thought it was going to be like she said it was a lot more stress free, her instructors teaching methods were very informative and easy to follow. We asked Charlotte if she felt able to recommend us and her response was definitely because I enjoyed my lessons and always looked forward to them.

     

  • Joseph Jackson

    Well done on your test pass in carlisle Joseph and many thanks for the review you sent us.

    When looking for an instructor Joseph said the most important thing was that he was able to do some of his learning before he was 17 years old that's one of the reasons he chose new starters driving school as we have an off road driving site for under 17s where he covered a lot of his driving, the other thing he wanted was an instructor with a good reputation and pass rate. When learning to drive with John Collins, Joseph said it was a lot easier than he had expected and his teaching methods were excellent. When asked if he would recommend us Joseph said yes and he already has.

     

  • Nathan copping

    Well done to nathan copping who passed his test with new starters driving school, we asked Nathan to review us and this is what he had to say.

    When looking for an instructor he wanted someone with a good pass rate and that he could get on with. His instructor John Wardles teaching methods were relaxed and he made Nthan feel comfortable about driving. We asked Nathan if he would recommend us and his reply was yes as hie instructor was very good and he always got regular lessons, he couldnt think of anything to improve on as he thought everything was excellent.

  • Callum copping

    Callum copping passed with our instructor John wardle and reviewed us with..............

    When looking for an instructor the most important criteria was there pass rate with other factors being he had to be able to learn everything to pass his test. Learning to drive with John went really well and he found him easy to get along with from the start. Callum would recommend new starters driving school because he had an excellent instructor.

     

  • Caitlin Maxwell

    Cailin Maxwell passed in Cralisle with John wardle at new starters drivin school.

    Caitlin told us that the most important criteria when choosing an instructor was that they had to be friendly, she had to feel at ease and not feel as if she was being scored for everything. She expected her driving experince to take longer than it did and it was also alot easier than she had initially thought.  Her instructors teaching methods were easy to follow and John was a fab instructor. Caitlin added that she would recommmend New starters driving school as she couldn't have had a better instructor and experience, She also added there was nothing that she would have improved on.

  • Sophie wardle

    Sophie Wardle passed with new starters driving school in Carlisle, Sophie reviewed New starters driving school............

    When looking for an instructor Sophie wanted someone with a good reputation and somewhere she could start to learn before she was 17 years old, Sophie gained her confidence and car handling before heading onto the busy roads on our pre-learner site in Houghton, Carlisle. When learning to drive Sophie said that her off road experience had made the transition to public roads far less daunting. Sophie found her instructor John Wardles teaching methods very responsive to her performance and his feedback in particular areas of concern. Sophie would definately recommend New starters driving school as she was satisfied with the whole experience.

  • Emily Brown

    Well done to Emily Brown on your test pass in Carlisle with Stephen Philipson.

    When looking for an instructor Emily said that the most important thing for her was being able to do some off road driving lessons aswell as being able to meet her instructor before going out onto the public roads, she also wanted an instructor who came highly recommended. When learning to drive Emily found it much more relaxed and her instructors teaching methods were very informative. Emily has said that she would recommend New starters driving school and she couldn't think of anything to improve.

  • Stuart Steel

    Stuart Steel passed with our New starters driving instructor Kenny and he wrote this about his experience......

    When looking for an instructor they had to be value for money and have good availability, Stuart also wanted a likeable instructor. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he has rated his instructors teaching methods 10/10. Stuart has said that he would recommend us as his lessons were very productive instead of being messed about. The only thing Stuart would improve on was that he would have liked the prices a little cheaper.

  • Daniel Ling

    Well done on your test pass in Carlisle with our New starters driving instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Dan wanted someone who was friendly and that really knew what they were doing. When learning to drive Daniel said it was much better than he had expected (He also added that his instructor John should get a raise lol), He found that Johns teaching methods were awesome and he would definately recommend new starters as were so cool. Daniel didnt have any improvements to add as he said everything was awesome. 

  • Pheobe Wilson

    Pheoe Wilson passed in Carlisle with Stephen Philipson with Zero minor faults.

    Pheobe started her driving experience on our pre-learner site for 14-17 year olds and when asked what she was looking for with an instructor Pheobe said she wanted a friendly and reliable instructor with a good pass rate and she also looked for an instructor who had a good reputation, regular availabilty and good prices. When learning to drive Pheobe found it much easier and more enjoyable, she also added that her instructors teaching methods worked very well for her. Pheobe said that she would recommend New starters driving school because our instructors are good at teaching and she liked the car she learned to drive in.

  • Vo Gnoc Lang/ Cindy Mcmillan

    Cindy passed with Stephen Philipson in Carlisle, We asked Cindy to review our services and she said this..

    When looking for an instructor it had to be someone whose ability to teach she could trust, she found that her instructors teaching methods were excellent and she would definately recommend New starters as we have a great learning system in place.

  • Sarah Baldwin

    Sarah Baldwin passed in Carlisle with New starters driving schools instructor John Wardle....

    Sarah said that when choosing an instructor they had to have good recommendations. When learning to drive in comparison to what Sarah had expected it was harder but she found that her instructors teaching methods were very informative and she added she would definatly recommend New starters driving school. The only thing Sarah would have improved on was she would have liked a reminder message for lesson days, pick up place and times.

  • Jack Bell

    Congratulations to Jack Bell on your test pass in Carlisle with your new starters driving instructor John Collins.

    Jack started his lessons on our pre-learner driving site in Carlisle. When looking for an instructor Jack wanted someone with a good reputation and the ability to gain knowledge of driving before going onto the roads. Jack found driving much easier than he expected and his instructor was good at teaching, easy to understand and was very clear on his instruction. Jack has added that he would recommend New starters driving shool as the instructors are friendly and he also couldn't add anything to improve our services.

  • megan verehoose

    Well done to Megan Vere-Hoose who passed her driving test in carlisle with John Collins. We asked Megan to review us and she had this to say...........

    When looking for a driving instructor they had to be able to teach me before i went onto the road (Megan started her lessons on our Pre-learner site in Houghton) and they had to be highly recommended, Megan also wanted an instructor who she could get along with easily. When learning to drive Megan had initially thought it was going to be much trickier than it was but she said she found that her instructors teaching methods were positive and that John always gave constructive feedback. Megan has said that she would recommend New starters to others as we were very proffesional and friendly and she also added there was nothing to improve.

  • Adam Brown

    Congratulations to Adam Brown who passed his driving test with New starters driving school, Adam passed with our instructor John Wardle and he also started his lessons on the Pre-learner site in Houghton Carlisle.

    Adam reviewed New starters driving school and he had this to say............

    When choosing an instructor he wanted someone that he could start before he was 17 years old and he wanted someone with a good reputation. When learning to drive Adam found that there was a lot more to think about and do to make sure that you are a safe and everyone around you is safe. He found that John delivered every lesson with confidence and huge amounts of proffesionalism whilst keeping each lesson fun and safe. Adam has said that he would recommend New starters driving school and he said there was nothing to improve as we did everything right.

  • Ivo Alves

    Ivo Alves Passed with John Collins at New starters driving school, he reviewed us and said...................

    When looking for a driving instructor Ivo wanted an instructor that was patient, other important factors were that he did not want to learn in a car with hill assist because he wanted to be able to learn to control his biting point. When learning to drive ivo said it was much better and easier than he had expected and that Johns teaching methods and tips were always clear . Ivo would definately recommend New starters driving school because versatility of the instructor was spot on, he couldnt think of anything to improve on.

  • Megan Bendle

    Megan Bendle passed with our instructor Stephen at New starters driving school.......

    Megan has said that when looking for an instructor she wanted someone who could teach her before she went onto the roads (another from our pre-learner driving site), Other important factors were that she wanted someone who was able to offer her a good block booking discount for lessons. Megan added that learning top drive was alot more scary when she first started but she found her instructors teaching methods were good and she learned things quickly. Megan would recommend New starters driving school as she passed her test first time and when asked if she would improve on anything she said her experience with the new starters staff was excellent

  • max kirton

    Well done to Max Kirton who passed his test first time with our new starters driving instructor Stephen. We asked Max to review us and he had this to say.

    When learning to drive Max originally started with one of our PDI's Peter and went on to finish his lessons with our instructor Stephen, Max was recommended by his brother who had previously passed with Stephen and he had also been recommended by a lot of his friends which was important as he wanted a school that was well recommended. When asked about his instructors teaching methods Max said they were really helpful and that he would pass on a recommendation as New starters got him through his test promptly.

     

  • David Leigh

    Congratulations David on passing with New starters driving school.

    David took his lessons with the New starters instructor John Wardle and had previously been on our pre-learner site to gain experience before going onto the busy roads.

    When choosing an instructor David wanted someone who was proffesional and who was up to date, he also wanted somewhere to practice before going onto the roads and with a good facebook feedback. When learning to drive david said it was good fun, more interesting and he learned more than he expected. His instructors teaching methods were brilliant and he said that the methods used to teach suited his needs. we asked David if he would recommend us and he replied, Yes definately learning to drive was fun, friendly and proffesional. 

     

  • Daniel Bright

    Congratulations to Daniel Bright who passed with our new starters driving school instructor John collins.

    Daniel reveiewed us and had this to say,

    When choosing an instructor the most important criteria for him was their reputation and that they had excellent pass rates. Daniel found his lessons were much more fun than he had expected and that his instructors teaching methods were easy to understand and follow. Daniel has said that he would recommend new starters driving school and there was nothing he would change with our service.

     

  • Rhia Heron

    Well done Rhia on your test pass with our instructor Kenny.

    Rhia reviewed our services and said.....

    When choosing an instructor they had to have a good reputation, needed to be flexible with there hours and to work weekends. When learning to drive Rhia had initially learned 10 years ago but found this time much more successful, her instructors teaching methods were very good and Kenny was always calm and positive which is what Rhia needed. Rhia said she would definately recommend New starters as Kenny is a great instructor and she also liked her mock test with our other instructor John, Rhia added that this shows how much we all work together as a team. Nothing was needed to improve on and Rhia added everything was very positive with her experience.

  • lewis willbourne

    Congratulations Lewis on your driving test pass with Kenny at new starters driving school, Lewis reviewed us and said...........

    When choosing an instructor Lewis wanted someone who was a nice person. When learning to drive he said it had initially been harder than he thought but it then became much easier, his instructors teaching methods were good and Kenny was honest and patient with Lewis. Lewis said he would recommend new starters because his instructor was understanding and he could talk to him like a mate.

     

  • Rebekah Mackie

    Well done Rebekah on your test pass with John collins at new starters driving school.

    Rebekah reviewed us and had this to say.................

    Rebekah started with us on our pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle, When looking for an instructor they had to have enough availability and she wanted someone who she could get along with. Learning to drive was much easier than she had expected and her instructors eaching methods were excellent. Rebekah has added she would recommend New starters as we were reliable and friendly, she also said she wouldnt improve on anything as it was a great experience.

  • Errin Dixon

    Errin passed with our new starters instructor Stephen and when reviewing us she had this to say........

    When choosing an instructor Errin wanted someone with a high pass rate and also looked at the size of the car, she also wanted someone who had a good reputation. Learning to drive was a lot harder than she thought it was going to be and there was a lot more to think about. Errin found her instructors teaching methods helpful and would recommend us as she felt comfortable and passed first time. Errin added that there was nothing to improve on and that she was happy with our customer service.

  • Lauren sellars

    Congratulations Lauren on passing with our New starters instructor Stephen, Lauren reviewed our service and had this to say....

    The most important criteria when choosing an instructor was that they had to be reliable, Lauren also wanted someone who was affordable. When learning to drive it was really good and what Lauren had expected, she found her instructors teaching methods were really good and Lauren would recommend New starters as we were very reliable and nice to our customers.

  • John Walkler

    Well done John on passing with New starters driving schools instructor John Wardle, John reviewed us and said............

    When looking for an instructor John wanted someone who came highly recommended and who was also friendly amd easy going. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he found his intructors teaching methods were very good. John added he would recommend New starters as we were friendly and easy going, he also added that there was nothing he would improve us on.

  • Daniel Mcdermott

    Well done to Daniel who passed first time, zero minor faults with our instructor Stephen, Daniel reviewed New starters driving school and he said................

    Starting on our pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle Daniel went on to pass after doing our intensive on road lessons. When looking for an instructor they had to come with good recommendations. Daniel found learning to drive easier than expected and his instructors teaching methods were simple but straight forward and effective. Daniel was happy with all of our service and would recommend us as we were extremely helpful.

  • Matthew Chambers

    Congratulations Matthew on passing with our instructor John wardle. Matthew had this to say about his experience.............

    When learning to drive matthew started on our pre learner site in Carlisle. He wanted an instructor with a good reputation and a high pass rate. When learning to drive Matthew had thought it would have been easier but when he got used to driving he felt more comfortable, he found his instructors teaching methods were very clear and friendly and he would recommend us as he could see his improvements on every lesson. Matthew added that the only thing he would have improved on was that he would have liked to have done his manouvres earlier.

  • Cameron Blackley

    Cameron passed with our New starters instructor Stephen and he reviewed our services with.............

    When starting to drive Cameron first joined us on our pre learner site in Carlisle, He wanted an instructor that his friends had recommended and that he could start with earlier than 17. When learning to drive Cameron found it very in line to what he had expected and found his instructors teaching methods were easy to learn from and he was very well instructed. Cameron added he would recommend New starters as he was able to pass first time



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