• 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.


New Starters Driving School Carlisle now does Trailer Training

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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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Chun Hoi So

    Chun passed in Carlisle with our instructor Kenny anmd had this to say about our services...............

    When looking for an instructor Chun wanted someone who trustworthy and had well structured lessons aswell as having good teaching methods. When learning to drive he found it alot more fun than he had initially expected and his lessons were always something new and fun. His instructors teaching methods were fun and Chun enjoyed his lessons, he also added the lessons always made him feel relaxed which was an easier way to learn. Chun has said he would recommend new starters as we provided great customer service and lessons were always well structured.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rachel Armstrong

    Rachel Armestrong passed first time today with our instructor Stephen Philipson.

    When Rachel started her lessons she began on oyur pre learner site in Houghton, Carlisle.

    When looking for an instructor Rachel wanted someone who put safety first and who genuinely wanted her to pass her test as quick as she wanted to. When learning to drive it was as Rachel had expected amd she found her instructors teaching methods good. Rachel added she would recommend new starters as she passed first time.

    Thank you Rachel for your review

  • 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.



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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.”