• 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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  • Hannah Nelson

    Fantastic news for Hannah on passing her test first time with New starters driving schools instructor John Collins.

    Hannah has done all of her lessons in Carlisle with John Collins and said when looking for an instructor she wanted someone with good pass rates and who was calm when teaching, other important factors for Hannah were the instructors knowledge of the roads and how helpful the instructor was. When learning to drive Hannah said that it was a hard process but her instructor made this all the more easier. Johns teaching methods were brilliant and extremely helpful which improved Hannahs confidence and Hannah has already been recommeding New starters because of how good John made her lessons.

    Thank you for reviewing us Hannah and we wish you safe driving for life

  • Errin Dixon

    Errin passed with our new starters instructor Stephen and when reviewing us she had this to say........

    When choosing an instructor Errin wanted someone with a high pass rate and also looked at the size of the car, she also wanted someone who had a good reputation. Learning to drive was a lot harder than she thought it was going to be and there was a lot more to think about. Errin found her instructors teaching methods helpful and would recommend us as she felt comfortable and passed first time. Errin added that there was nothing to improve on and that she was happy with our customer service.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Jade Davis

    Well done Jade on your test pass with New starters driving school instructor John Collins.

    Jade started with us on our pre learner site in Houghton which was one of the factors that made her choose new starters, jade also said that when looking for an instructor they had to make her feel confident and at ease. When learning Jade said it was a totally different experience to what she had expected and that her instructors teaching methods were reassuring and gave her loads of confidence. Jade added she would recommend new starters as her instructor was brilliant.

    Thanks for the review and we look forward to seeing you out and about in your car.

  • Vo Gnoc Lang/ Cindy Mcmillan

    Cindy passed with Stephen Philipson in Carlisle, We asked Cindy to review our services and she said this..

    When looking for an instructor it had to be someone whose ability to teach she could trust, she found that her instructors teaching methods were excellent and she would definately recommend New starters as we have a great learning system in place.

  • 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.

  • Charlotte Blackburn

    Well done to Charlotte who passed her test with new starters driving school and thankyou for your review. We recently asked charlotte what she thought about her experience with us and she had this to say.

    The most important criteria when looking for an instructor was that they had to be friendly and make you feel comfortable, she also added that a good reputation was a key factor. When learning to drive in comparison to what Charlotte thought it was going to be like she said it was a lot more stress free, her instructors teaching methods were very informative and easy to follow. We asked Charlotte if she felt able to recommend us and her response was definitely because I enjoyed my lessons and always looked forward to them.

  • Craig Mccaul

    Well done to Craig Mccaul who passed with our new starters instructor Mark Hampton.

    Craig wrote back to us with this review.............

    When looking for an instructor Craig wanted someone who was easily accessible, had a good price, was a local business and had a good track record. When learning to drive he found it far easier than he had expected and much quicker to pick up than  with his previous instructors, Craig found his instructors teaching methods were very engaging, clear and added that pens on the window is genious. Craig has added that he would recommend new starters as lessons are indepth and engaging and he has also added to keep doing what we are doing as its working.

    Thank you Craig for your review and we wish you safe driving for life 

  • Lauren sellars

    Congratulations Lauren on passing with our New starters instructor Stephen, Lauren reviewed our service and had this to say....

    The most important criteria when choosing an instructor was that they had to be reliable, Lauren also wanted someone who was affordable. When learning to drive it was really good and what Lauren had expected, she found her instructors teaching methods were really good and Lauren would recommend New starters as we were very reliable and nice to our customers.



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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.”