• 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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  • Rhiannon Armstrong

    A big congratulations to Rhiannon Armstrong who passed with our new starters instructor Gemma.

    We asked Rhiannon what she thought and she had this to say......

    When looking for an instructor Rhiannon wanted someone who was patient and who could help her to build her confirdence. Rhiannon found learning to drive much easier than she had initially expected and she found her instructors teaching metods were helpful and useful. Rhiannon has added that she would recommend us as she was able to pass first time and her recommendation for improving our services would be that all students have a lesson with a different instructor close to test as this helped Rhiannon.

    Thank you for reviewing us Rhiannon and 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amy Wright

    Well done to Amy Wright on your first time test pass in Carlisle with our instructor Kenny Stevenson.

    Amy stared with us on our pre learner site in Houghton. When looking for an instructor Amy wanted someone with a good pass rate, who was friendly and would let her learn in a relaxed and unpressured way. Compared to what Amy had initially thought learning to drive was more enjoyable than she'd expected. Her instructor Kenny's teaching methods were very good and Kenny was easy to talk to which made Amy relaxed and she was able to take things at her own pace. Amy has already been recommending New starters as she passed first time which is something she hadnt thought she would have been able to do, she also added the service was proffesional but friendly and enjoyable.

    Thank you for your review Amy.

  • Lewis Pearce

    Congratulations Lewis who passed first time with our intensive days in Carlisle with Stephen Philipson.

    Lewis was recommended from his sister who had previously passed with Stephen as she said he came highly recommended and he had already heard positive things about new starters driving school. When learning to drive Lewis said it wasnt as nerve racking as he had thought it would be and he felt at ease with his instructors teaching methods and found Stephen to be an excellent instructor. Lewis has already been recommending new starters because of the service he received and excellent experience.

    Thank you Lewis for your review of our services.

  • 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.

  • Victoria Carter

    Big congratulations to Victoria Carter on your test pass in Carlisle today with John Wardle.

    When looking for instructor Victoria wanted someone that was friendly and patient. She also wanted to know that she wasnt wasting time or money if it wasnt working out. Victoria found learning to drive incredibly fun and not as stressful as she thought. Her instructors teaching methods were easy to follow and she would recommend us as its an incredibly good school for people who are nervous about driving.

    Thank you Victoria and we look forward to seeing you out and about in your car



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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.”