• 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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  • Henry Richards

    Henry Richards was taught by our instructor John wardle in carlisle, he said that his most important criteria when choosing an instructor was that they were friendly and easy going, other factors were that they had to be reliable. When learning to drive with new starters driving school it was as expected and found my instructors teaching methods were really good. Henry added that he would recommend new starters driving school (and already has), the service was superb and there was nothing he would recommend as an improvement.

  • Kate Lawson

    When looking for an instructor in carlisle I had to find one that was encouraging and helpful, I was taught by John wardle and found that learning to drive was better than I had expected it to be. My instructors teaching methods were very helpful and I would definitely recommend new starters driving school as they have great instructors that made learning to drive enjoyable. I passed my test on my first attempt.

  • Jack Bell

    Congratulations to Jack Bell on your test pass in Carlisle with your new starters driving instructor John Collins.

    Jack started his lessons on our pre-learner driving site in Carlisle. When looking for an instructor Jack wanted someone with a good reputation and the ability to gain knowledge of driving before going onto the roads. Jack found driving much easier than he expected and his instructor was good at teaching, easy to understand and was very clear on his instruction. Jack has added that he would recommend New starters driving shool as the instructors are friendly and he also couldn't add anything to improve our services.

  • sarah martin

    Congratulations to Sarah Martin who passed first time in Carlisle with our instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Sarah wanted someone who she could start with right away and who was flexible. When learning to drive it was as she expected and she found her instructors teaching methods fine. Sarah passed first time and said this would be why she would rcommend us.

    Thank you for your review Sarah.

  • Rebekah Legatt

    Rebekah Legatt passed in Carlisle with our instructor Shaun Savage.

    When looking for an instructor Rebekah wanted someone with a good reputation, she also looked for someone she would be comfortable with. Learning to drive was as she had expected and she found her instructors teaching methods were very good and clear. Rebekah added that she would recommend new starters as she learned what she needed fast and had a great learning experience.

    Thanks for your review Rebekah.

  • 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

  • Julio Boyling

    Congartulations to Julio on your test pass today in Carlsiel. Julio was a part of our 4 musketeers today as we had 4 students at the same test time same test day and all 4 passed together............

    Julio started on our pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle and had his lessons with John Wardle......

    When looking for an instructor Julio wanted someone that was eaily accessable and that had a good reputation. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he found his instructors teaching methods very good. He added he would recommend new starters as there was always clear instruction, we were well organised and friendly.

    Thank you Julio for yor review and we look forward to seeing you out and about soon.

  • 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.

  • Sean Blacklock

    Congratulations Sean on your first time test pass with Stephen Philipson.

    When looking for an instructor Sean wanted someone with a good reputation and whos costs and availability were good. When learning to drive he found it was alot better than he had expected and that his instructors teaching methods were very helpful. Sean added he would recommend new starters as he feels he has gained good knowledge of driving and he wouldnt improve on anything as he was very happy with the course of lessons.

    Thank you for your review Sean.

  • 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.



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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.”