• 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.


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  • Carlie Marshal

    Well done to Carlie Marshall who passed her test in Carlisle with our John Wardle.

    Carlie started her driving lessons on our pre learner site in Houghton before she turned 17 years and has went on to pass her test. When looking for an instructor Carlie wanted a school where she could start off road before going onto the roads and she also awanted somewhere that was well known and had a good backround. When learning to drive Carlie had expected to hate it but she loved every second. Her instructors teaching methods were great and he would adjust each method to suit her. Carlie added that she would recommend new starters as learning to drive was made fun.

    Thank you for your review Carlie 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.

  • Bethany Duffy

    Bethany Duffy passed first time with Kenny stevenson at new starter driving school.

    Bethany started on our pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle where she laerned her car basics before heading out onto the busy road systems. When looking for an instructor Bethany wanted someone who was friendly and who was also experienced, She also added that she wanted an instructor who was reliable, not too high in price and that would tell her the weekly progress she was making. Bethany initially looked at driving as a daunting prospect but was given plenty of encouragement and soon got over this barrier. Her instructor Kennys teaching methods were great and with easy to follow methods and tips and she would 100% recommend to others as the off road site built up her confidence before heading onto the road and made the transition easier.

    Well done and thank you for the review Bethany, we wish you safe driving for life.

  • Holly Evans

    Congratulations Holly on your test pass with new starters instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Holly wanted somewhere that she could learn before going out onto the road systems to build her confiidence and somewere with good reviews, other important factors when choosing an instructor was the location. Holly started with us on our off road/pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle. When learning to drive Holly found that it wasnt as scary as she had initially thought and she found her instructors teaching methods very good, she felt safe when driving and her anxiety passed. Holly added she would recommend new starters as were a friendly bunch.

    Thank you for your review Holly and safe driving.

  • Alex Campbell

    Well done Alex on your first time test pass.

    Alex was taught by our new starters instructor Stephen in Carlsile and when asked to review us Alex said.......

    When looking for an instructor Alex found that word of mouth was important and that an instructor had to have a good reputation. Learning to drive was much harder than she had expected but her instructors teaching methods were good and she passed first time.

    Alex felt that to improve our services we could do the show and tell questions earlier in the course.

    Thanks for your review Alex.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Catherine Jackson

    Congratulations Catherine Jackson on passing first time with John collins at new starters driving school. Catherine had started her lessons on our pre learner driving site in Houghton and had this to say about New starters............

    When looking for an instructor Catherine wanted someone with a past experence and was recommeneded (Catherines brother passed with John previously), sher also wanted someone who she was comfortable with whilst learning. When learning to drive Catherine found the experience better than she had expected and her instructors teaching methods were clear and easy to understand. She would recommend new starters as she found it a fun and friendly experience

  • Megan Mcmanus

    Megan Mcmanus passed with our new starters instructor Kenny in Carlisle.

    When looking for an instructor Megan wanted someone who was friendly, approachable and well informed as well as having good reviews. Other important factors were the instructors teaching methods. When learning to drive Megan said that after having lessons previously with another instructor she had expected to hate it but said that Kenny made it enjoyable and relaxed so Megans confidence grew and it was great. She added that her instructors teaching methods were brilliant and that she would definately recommend new starters as teaching methods and instructors are great. Megan also said she couldnt think of anything to improve our services but did note maybe the price but she said new starters were well worth every penny of the price.

    Thank you Megan for your review and we look forward to seeing you out and about on the roads.



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“The Cumbria Road Safety Partnership congratulates and endorses the New Starters Driving School of Carlisle in the innovative approach used in their teaching of road craft to young drivers.”