• 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 will stop driving lessons as soon as possible - 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 1st June 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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  • Sophie Macaleese

    Sophie Macaleese passed first time today in Carlisle with our instructor John Wardle from the pre learner site to a full licence, Well done Sophie.

    When reviewing us Sophie had this to say.................

    When looking for an instructor Sophie wanted and instructor that was patient, calming and that understood she would make mistakes but wouldnt get angry and shout when she did. When learning to drive Sophie found it easier than expected once she knew the basics and she found Johns teaching methods were easy to understand and comprehend; If Sophie made a mistake John would explain to Sophie to forget that mistake and try agan. Sophie has said she would recommend new starters as John was very helpful and his car was easy to learn in.

    Thank you Sophie for a great review and we wish you safe driving for life

  • Jack Tampion

    Well done to Jack Tampion for passing his driving test with New starters instructor Stephen Philipson...............

    Jack started on our pre learner site in Houghton anmd went on to pass his driving test with us. When looking for an instructor Jack wanted a school with good reviews and also wanted an instructor who was easy to get along with. When learning to drive Jack found it easier than he had expected and and found his instructors teaching methods were easy to pick up. Jack has said that he would recommend New starters as his instructor was excellent.

    Thank you for your review Jack.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Sam Clarkson

    Congratulations to Sam Clarkson for passing with our instructor Stephen after doing the intensive driving days.

    Sam found that when looking for an instructor he wanted someone with good reviews and pass rate, He also wanted an instructor that could offer him intensive lessons at a good cost. When learning to drive Sam had already had some lessons with a different instructor but found Stephens teaching methods were good with a variety of teaching methods. Sam has said he would recommend New starters driving school.

    Thanks for your review Sam.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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



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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.”