• 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

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current position with the Coronavirus, New Starters instructors will stop driving lessons as soon as possible - the health of our instructors and pupils are our main concern always.

Can I personally say a big thank you to everyone connected with New Starters Driving School, instructors and pupils alike, without you we would not be as successful as we are. We will be back as of the 1st June depending on the situation - Bigger and stronger than ever! Looking forward to seeing you all then, if anyone has any queries don't hesitate to call 01228 546688.

Stephen Philipson

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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  • Amy Veitch

    Congratulations Amy who passed first time.

    Amy started on our pre learner driving site in Houghton and after doing 2 lessons her she quickly moved onto the roads.

    When looking for an instructor Amy found the most important criteria was the price and the instructors availability and flexibility with lessons. Amy found driving as she had expected and the learningh was quick and a reasonable price. Her instructors teaching methods were very good and Amy enjoyed moving on from different subjects promptly, She would recommend new starters as the organisation, lesson times and course was good and Amy also dded that she would have liked 1 or 2 practice tests prior to tha practical test and the show and tell questions to have been done in her own car.

    Thank you Amy.

  • Victoria Carter

    Big congratulations to Victoria Carter on your test pass in Carlisle today with John Wardle.

    When looking for instructor Victoria wanted someone that was friendly and patient. She also wanted to know that she wasnt wasting time or money if it wasnt working out. Victoria found learning to drive incredibly fun and not as stressful as she thought. Her instructors teaching methods were easy to follow and she would recommend us as its an incredibly good school for people who are nervous about driving.

    Thank you Victoria and we look forward to seeing you out and about in your car

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • lilly wilson

    Well done to Lilly Wilson on your recent test pass with new starters drivng schools instructor John Wardle................

    When learning to drive in Carlisle Lilly said that she wantede an instructor that came highly recommended and that was local and friendly. Whilst learning to drive Lilly found her instructors teaching methods were fabulous and that learning to drive was easier and muh funner than she had initially expected. We asked Lilly if she would recommend our services and she replied yes as it was a really great experience.

    Thank you for your review Lilly and we wish you safe driving for life.

  • 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.

  • Rebecca Hall

    Congratulations Rebecca.

    Rebecca started on our Pre learner site in Houghton with our instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Rebecca wanted someone who she could get along with and that had a good location. She founf that when learning to drive it was a lot less scary than she had thought it would be, Reecca found her instructors teaching methods were really good and that John was really patient with her. When asked about recommending New starters Rebecca added that she already has as it was good to have driven the test routes prior to her test and because she had such a lovely instructor.

    Thank you for your review Rebecca and we wish you safe driving for life.

  • 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.



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