• 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!

  • Sarah Baldwin

    Sarah Baldwin passed in Carlisle with New starters driving schools instructor John Wardle....

    Sarah said that when choosing an instructor they had to have good recommendations. When learning to drive in comparison to what Sarah had expected it was harder but she found that her instructors teaching methods were very informative and she added she would definatly recommend New starters driving school. The only thing Sarah would have improved on was she would have liked a reminder message for lesson days, pick up place and times.

  • Callum copping

    Callum copping passed with our instructor John wardle and reviewed us with..............

    When looking for an instructor the most important criteria was there pass rate with other factors being he had to be able to learn everything to pass his test. Learning to drive with John went really well and he found him easy to get along with from the start. Callum would recommend new starters driving school because he had an excellent instructor.

  • Caitlin Maxwell

    Cailin Maxwell passed in Cralisle with John wardle at new starters drivin school.

    Caitlin told us that the most important criteria when choosing an instructor was that they had to be friendly, she had to feel at ease and not feel as if she was being scored for everything. She expected her driving experince to take longer than it did and it was also alot easier than she had initially thought. Her instructors teaching methods were easy to follow and John was a fab instructor. Caitlin added that she would recommmend New starters driving school as she couldn't have had a better instructor and experience, She also added there was nothing that she would have improved on.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • max kirton

    Well done to Max Kirton who passed his test first time with our new starters driving instructor Stephen. We asked Max to review us and he had this to say.

    When learning to drive Max originally started with one of our PDI's Peter and went on to finish his lessons with our instructor Stephen, Max was recommended by his brother who had previously passed with Stephen and he had also been recommended by a lot of his friends which was important as he wanted a school that was well recommended. When asked about his instructors teaching methods Max said they were really helpful and that he would pass on a recommendation as New starters got him through his test promptly.

  • Amy Jane Cleminson

    Well done to Amy who passed her test today first time today from your instructor Stephen.

    When looking for an instructor Amy wanted someone who was easy going and patient. Compared to what she initially thought Amy found everything alot easier and her instructors teaching methods were brilliant. When asked about recommendations Amy said she would definately recommend us as she couldn't fault her instructor and everything was 100%.

    Congratulations Amy and we wish you safe driving for life from all at new starters driving school.

  • Alice Watson

    Congratulations Alice on a well deserved test pass in Carlisle today from your instructor John Coliins.

    Alice reviewed us here at new starters and she had this to say................

    When starting with us Alice initially started on the pre learner site. She wanted an instructor who knew what the examiners were looking for, that was friendly and that knew the drivind test routes. When learning to drive Alice found that it wasnt as stressful. She found her instructors teaching methods were beneficial and that they were easy to rememeber. When asked about recommendations Alice said that she would recommend us as we are friendly and always looking to improve.

    Thank you Alice for your review and we hope to see you on the roads soon.

  • 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.



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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.”