• 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

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current position with the Coronavirus, New Starters instructors has stopped driving lessons - the health of our instructors and pupils are our main concern always.

Can I personally say a big thank you to everyone connected with New Starters Driving School, instructors and pupils alike, without you we would not be as successful as we are. We will be back as of the 4th July depending on the situation - Bigger and stronger than ever! Looking forward to seeing you all then, if anyone has any queries don't hesitate to call 01228 546688.

Stephen Philipson

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.


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  • Jade Davis

    Well done Jade on your test pass with New starters driving school instructor John Collins.

    Jade started with us on our pre learner site in Houghton which was one of the factors that made her choose new starters, jade also said that when looking for an instructor they had to make her feel confident and at ease. When learning Jade said it was a totally different experience to what she had expected and that her instructors teaching methods were reassuring and gave her loads of confidence. Jade added she would recommend new starters as her instructor was brilliant.

    Thanks for the review and we look forward to seeing you out and about in your car.

  • Amy Veitch

    Congratulations Amy who passed first time.

    Amy started on our pre learner driving site in Houghton and after doing 2 lessons her she quickly moved onto the roads.

    When looking for an instructor Amy found the most important criteria was the price and the instructors availability and flexibility with lessons. Amy found driving as she had expected and the learningh was quick and a reasonable price. Her instructors teaching methods were very good and Amy enjoyed moving on from different subjects promptly, She would recommend new starters as the organisation, lesson times and course was good and Amy also dded that she would have liked 1 or 2 practice tests prior to tha practical test and the show and tell questions to have been done in her own car.

    Thank you Amy.

  • Emma Blair

    Congratulations Emma Blair on your first time pass in Carlisle with our instructor Stephen Philipson.

    Emma started her lessons on our off road site before she was 17 and went on to pass with us. When looking for an instructor Emma wanted someone with a good pass rate, that was easy to get along with and had good teaching methods. Her driving experience was a lot easier than she had expected it to be due to her instructors teaching methods and she added his methods were really good. Emma added she would recommend new starters driving school as she was made to feel very confident in her driving (which definately showed on her test).

    Thank you for your review Emma

  • Sarah hodgeson

    Congratulations Sarah on your test pass with John Collins.

    Sarah started her driving on our pre learner driving site in Houghton and said that this was an important factor when choosing and instructor as well as that they had to be pleasant. When learning to drive Sarah added that there is alot more to it than she had initially thought but found her instructors teaching methods were excellent and she really enjoyed her experience.

    Well done Sarah and we look forward to seeing you out and about on the roads.

  • Ryan Graham

    Congratulations Ryan on your first time test pass with New starters driving schools instructor John Wardle.

    Ryan started his lessons on our pre learner driving site in Houghton. When looking for an instructor he wanted one with good reviews from there previous learners, the other factors he looked for in an instructor were good and friendly instruction. When learning to drive Ryan said it wasnt dangerous whilst he was learning and he found his instructors teaching methods were very good and helped him alot. Ryan added he would recommend new starters as the instructors are very helpful whilst youre learning and he couldnt think of anything he would improve on.

  • Hannah Nelson

    Fantastic news for Hannah on passing her test first time with New starters driving schools instructor John Collins.

    Hannah has done all of her lessons in Carlisle with John Collins and said when looking for an instructor she wanted someone with good pass rates and who was calm when teaching, other important factors for Hannah were the instructors knowledge of the roads and how helpful the instructor was. When learning to drive Hannah said that it was a hard process but her instructor made this all the more easier. Johns teaching methods were brilliant and extremely helpful which improved Hannahs confidence and Hannah has already been recommeding New starters because of how good John made her lessons.

    Thank you for reviewing us Hannah and we wish you safe driving for life

  • 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.

  • Tia boertien 2

    Congratulations to Tia Boertien who passed with new starters instructor John Wardle in Carlisle, Tia reviewed our services and had this to say....................................

    When looking for an instructor the most important bcriteria was the instructors reputation and Tia had already been told that John was a good instructor to go wth for lessons. When driving Tia found her instructors teaching methods excellent and she has added she would recommend new starters and there was nothing she could think of to improve our services.

  • Rebekah Legatt

    Rebekah Legatt passed in Carlisle with our instructor Shaun Savage.

    When looking for an instructor Rebekah wanted someone with a good reputation, she also looked for someone she would be comfortable with. Learning to drive was as she had expected and she found her instructors teaching methods were very good and clear. Rebekah added that she would recommend new starters as she learned what she needed fast and had a great learning experience.

    Thanks for your review Rebekah.

  • lilly wilson

    Well done to Lilly Wilson on your recent test pass with new starters drivng schools instructor John Wardle................

    When learning to drive in Carlisle Lilly said that she wantede an instructor that came highly recommended and that was local and friendly. Whilst learning to drive Lilly found her instructors teaching methods were fabulous and that learning to drive was easier and muh funner than she had initially expected. We asked Lilly if she would recommend our services and she replied yes as it was a really great experience.

    Thank you for your review Lilly and we wish you safe driving for life.



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