• 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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  • Sophie wardle

    Sophie Wardle passed with new starters driving school in Carlisle, Sophie reviewed New starters driving school............

    When looking for an instructor Sophie wanted someone with a good reputation and somewhere she could start to learn before she was 17 years old, Sophie gained her confidence and car handling before heading onto the busy roads on our pre-learner site in Houghton, Carlisle. When learning to drive Sophie said that her off road experience had made the transition to public roads far less daunting. Sophie found her instructor John Wardles teaching methods very responsive to her performance and his feedback in particular areas of concern. Sophie would definately recommend New starters driving school as she was satisfied with the whole experience.

  • Cameron Blackley

    Cameron passed with our New starters instructor Stephen and he reviewed our services with.............

    When starting to drive Cameron first joined us on our pre learner site in Carlisle, He wanted an instructor that his friends had recommended and that he could start with earlier than 17. When learning to drive Cameron found it very in line to what he had expected and found his instructors teaching methods were easy to learn from and he was very well instructed. Cameron added he would recommend New starters as he was able to pass first time

  • Ryan Graham

    Congratulations Ryan on your first time test pass with New starters driving schools instructor John Wardle.

    Ryan started his lessons on our pre learner driving site in Houghton. When looking for an instructor he wanted one with good reviews from there previous learners, the other factors he looked for in an instructor were good and friendly instruction. When learning to drive Ryan said it wasnt dangerous whilst he was learning and he found his instructors teaching methods were very good and helped him alot. Ryan added he would recommend new starters as the instructors are very helpful whilst youre learning and he couldnt think of anything he would improve on.

  • 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.

  • Lucy Abbott

    Well done to Lucy Abbott who passed her driving test today in Carlisle with her instructor John Collins.

    Lucy reviewedus here at new starters and had this to say......

    When looking for an instructor the most important criteria for Lucy was being able to get a head start on our off road site, other important factors were the recommendations from others. When learning to drive Lucy found it easy after doing her pre learner lessons and found her instructors teaching methods very good. Lucy has already recommended us and the only thing she added may improve our services was text mesage reminders for lessons.

    Thank Lucy for your review and safe driving from us all at new starters

  • Lewis Pearce

    Congratulations Lewis who passed first time with our intensive days in Carlisle with Stephen Philipson.

    Lewis was recommended from his sister who had previously passed with Stephen as she said he came highly recommended and he had already heard positive things about new starters driving school. When learning to drive Lewis said it wasnt as nerve racking as he had thought it would be and he felt at ease with his instructors teaching methods and found Stephen to be an excellent instructor. Lewis has already been recommending new starters because of the service he received and excellent experience.

    Thank you Lewis for your review of our services.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Zoe Walker

    when choosing a driving instructor the most important criteria was there experience and i wanted someone with a high pass rate, I was taught by John Collins and passed first time. When I was learning to drive John made it easier than I had expected it to be and I found that his teaching methods were good for me. I would recommend new starters driving school as I passed my test on my first attempt and found them very helpful.

  • 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.



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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.”