• 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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  • 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.

  • Rebekah Mackie

    Well done Rebekah on your test pass with John collins at new starters driving school.

    Rebekah reviewed us and had this to say.................

    Rebekah started with us on our pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle, When looking for an instructor they had to have enough availability and she wanted someone who she could get along with. Learning to drive was much easier than she had expected and her instructors eaching methods were excellent. Rebekah has added she would recommend New starters as we were reliable and friendly, she also said she wouldnt improve on anything as it was a great experience.

  • Pheobe Wilson

    Pheoe Wilson passed in Carlisle with Stephen Philipson with Zero minor faults.

    Pheobe started her driving experience on our pre-learner site for 14-17 year olds and when asked what she was looking for with an instructor Pheobe said she wanted a friendly and reliable instructor with a good pass rate and she also looked for an instructor who had a good reputation, regular availabilty and good prices. When learning to drive Pheobe found it much easier and more enjoyable, she also added that her instructors teaching methods worked very well for her. Pheobe said that she would recommend New starters driving school because our instructors are good at teaching and she liked the car she learned to drive in.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • lewis willbourne

    Congratulations Lewis on your driving test pass with Kenny at new starters driving school, Lewis reviewed us and said...........

    When choosing an instructor Lewis wanted someone who was a nice person. When learning to drive he said it had initially been harder than he thought but it then became much easier, his instructors teaching methods were good and Kenny was honest and patient with Lewis. Lewis said he would recommend new starters because his instructor was understanding and he could talk to him like a mate.

  • Sam Clarkson

    Congratulations to Sam Clarkson for passing with our instructor Stephen after doing the intensive driving days.

    Sam found that when looking for an instructor he wanted someone with good reviews and pass rate, He also wanted an instructor that could offer him intensive lessons at a good cost. When learning to drive Sam had already had some lessons with a different instructor but found Stephens teaching methods were good with a variety of teaching methods. Sam has said he would recommend New starters driving school.

    Thanks for your review Sam.

  • 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.

  • Emma Blair

    Congratulations Emma Blair on your first time pass in Carlisle with our instructor Stephen Philipson.

    Emma started her lessons on our off road site before she was 17 and went on to pass with us. When looking for an instructor Emma wanted someone with a good pass rate, that was easy to get along with and had good teaching methods. Her driving experience was a lot easier than she had expected it to be due to her instructors teaching methods and she added his methods were really good. Emma added she would recommend new starters driving school as she was made to feel very confident in her driving (which definately showed on her test).

    Thank you for your review Emma

  • Jack Watson

    Well done to Jack Watson on passing his test with new starters driving school, we asked jack if he could review us and he had this to say.

    When choosing an instructor the most important criteria was the reviews that He had seen and heard about the instructor. When learning to drive he said that his instructor had made it much easier than he had expected it to be and found his teaching methods amazing. We asked Jack if he was likely to recommend us he said yes, because his instructor John Collins was good with explaining and helping when he was struggling. We asked if there was anything he would improve about our service and Jack answered that there was nothing he would improve on.



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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.”