• 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, 

Don't forget, we do Gift Vouchers as well!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Krystal Goldie

    Well done Krystal Goldie on your recent test pass in Carlisle with our new starters driving school instructor John Collins.

    Krystal started her journey on our pre learner site and went on to pass her practical test with us.

    When looking for an instructor Krystal wanted someone who had good pass rates and who she knew others had enjoyed their driving experience with, she also looked for good recommendations. When learning to drive Krystal found it harder than she expected but found her instructors teaching methods very helpful, the visual drawings and app download also helped her. Krystal added she would recommend us as John was very patient, kind and funny which made the experience less stressful, she also added as a company we were very helpful and provided all the information and help throughpout the whole of her driving experience with us.

    Thank you Krystal for your review and we look forward to seeing you on the roads.

  • Annabelle Burne

    Congratulations Annabelle on your first time test pass in Carlsile today. Annabelle started with us on our pre learner site in Houghton and has went on to pass first time with our instructor John Collins.

    Annabelle said that when looking for an instructor she wanted somneone who should could get along with and that had good pass rates. When asked how learning to drive comnpared to what she had thought she said it was quicker than expected and that her instructors teaching methods were very good. Annabelle added she would recommend us as John was kind and massively improved her confidence on the road and Rebecca was great to.

  • Matthew Chambers

    Congratulations Matthew on passing with our instructor John wardle. Matthew had this to say about his experience.............

    When learning to drive matthew started on our pre learner site in Carlisle. He wanted an instructor with a good reputation and a high pass rate. When learning to drive Matthew had thought it would have been easier but when he got used to driving he felt more comfortable, he found his instructors teaching methods were very clear and friendly and he would recommend us as he could see his improvements on every lesson. Matthew added that the only thing he would have improved on was that he would have liked to have done his manouvres earlier.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gary Israel

    Congratulations Gary on your test pass in Carlisle with John Collins.

    Gary started with learning the basics on our off road site in Houghton and then went on to do his on road lessons. When looking for an instructor Gary wanted somewhere with a good pass rate, reputation and where he could get through his test quickly. When learning to drive Gary found it was made to feel easier than he had expected and he found his instructors teaching methods enjoyable. When asked if he would recommend us he said yes as he passed quickly and 1st time.

    Well done Gary and we hope your enjoying being on the roads.

  • samuel bloomfield

    A big congratulations to Samuel Bloomfield who passed in Carlisle with New starters instructor Mark......

    Samuel started on our prelearner site before going out onto the roads, he reviewed New starters driving school and said,

    When looking for an instructor Samuel wanted someone who was able to do after 5.30pm and he wanted somewhere to practice before going onto the roads. He also added that if needed he wanted the option of other instructors. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he found his instructors teaching methods good and useful. Samuel added that he would recommend new starters as his instructor was friendly and reliable.

  • Mark cottam

    Mark cottam had intensive driving days with the new starters driving instructor Stephen, he said that when choosing an instructor they had to have an excellent pass rate and had to be local, he also added that experience was a factor when choosing an instructor. When learning to drive he had expected it to be difficult but when he got into the driving it was much easier than he had thought as Stephen made him feel comfortable and his teaching methods were easy to understand. Mark said he would recommend new starters to others as the price was fair and the communication was good, adding that he couldn't think of anything to improve the driving school.



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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.”