• 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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  • Will smith

    Well done on your first time test pass Will.

    when choosing a driving school we asked Will what the most important criteria was, he said that they had to be successful and affordable and also had to have good reviews. When learning to drive Will said it was less stressful than he thought it would be and that his instructors teaching methods were very good. Will told us that he would definitely recommend us and the reason was because we are very helpful, he also added that he wouldn't improve anything from our driving school.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Adam Kenny

    Well done Adam Kenny who passed his driving test first time with John Wardle at new starters driving school.

    Adam started on our pre learner site in Houghton. When looking for an instructor Adam wanted someone who was reliable and proffesional and somewhere to start driving before he went out onto the busy road systems. When learning to drive Adam had thought it was going to be easier but he found his instructors teaching methods very good. Adam also added that he would definately recommend New starters as the service was excellent, He had nothing he could think of to improve our services.

    Thank you for your review adam and safe driving.

  • 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.

  • Holly Evans

    Congratulations Holly on your test pass with new starters instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Holly wanted somewhere that she could learn before going out onto the road systems to build her confiidence and somewere with good reviews, other important factors when choosing an instructor was the location. Holly started with us on our off road/pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle. When learning to drive Holly found that it wasnt as scary as she had initially thought and she found her instructors teaching methods very good, she felt safe when driving and her anxiety passed. Holly added she would recommend new starters as were a friendly bunch.

    Thank you for your review Holly and safe driving.

  • Keith filmer

    Congratulations to Keith on passing his test with new starters driving school in carlisle. We asked keith to review us and he had this to say,

    when choosing a driving school Keith said that he had always wanted to support new starters driving school as he knew Stephen. When learning to drive with his instructor John Collins he said that he progresssed a lot quicker than he had anticipated and that his instructors teaching methods were second to none. Keith has already recommended new starters driving school and said there was nothing that he would add to improve our services.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.



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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.”