• 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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  • John Walkler

    Well done John on passing with New starters driving schools instructor John Wardle, John reviewed us and said............

    When looking for an instructor John wanted someone who came highly recommended and who was also friendly amd easy going. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he found his intructors teaching methods were very good. John added he would recommend New starters as we were friendly and easy going, he also added that there was nothing he would improve us on.

  • 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 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Daniel Ling

    Well done on your test pass in Carlisle with our New starters driving instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Dan wanted someone who was friendly and that really knew what they were doing. When learning to drive Daniel said it was much better than he had expected (He also added that his instructor John should get a raise lol), He found that Johns teaching methods were awesome and he would definately recommend new starters as were so cool. Daniel didnt have any improvements to add as he said everything was awesome.

  • Joseph Jackson

    Well done on your test pass in carlisle Joseph and many thanks for the review you sent us.

    When looking for an instructor Joseph said the most important thing was that he was able to do some of his learning before he was 17 years old that's one of the reasons he chose new starters driving school as we have an off road driving site for under 17s where he covered a lot of his driving, the other thing he wanted was an instructor with a good reputation and pass rate. When learning to drive with John Collins, Joseph said it was a lot easier than he had expected and his teaching methods were excellent. When asked if he would recommend us Joseph said yes and he already has.

  • Alex Campbell

    Well done Alex on your first time test pass.

    Alex was taught by our new starters instructor Stephen in Carlsile and when asked to review us Alex said.......

    When looking for an instructor Alex found that word of mouth was important and that an instructor had to have a good reputation. Learning to drive was much harder than she had expected but her instructors teaching methods were good and she passed first time.

    Alex felt that to improve our services we could do the show and tell questions earlier in the course.

    Thanks for your review Alex.

  • Stuart Steel

    Stuart Steel passed with our New starters driving instructor Kenny and he wrote this about his experience......

    When looking for an instructor they had to be value for money and have good availability, Stuart also wanted a likeable instructor. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he has rated his instructors teaching methods 10/10. Stuart has said that he would recommend us as his lessons were very productive instead of being messed about. The only thing Stuart would improve on was that he would have liked the prices a little cheaper.

  • 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.

  • Emily Brown

    Well done to Emily Brown on your test pass in Carlisle with Stephen Philipson.

    When looking for an instructor Emily said that the most important thing for her was being able to do some off road driving lessons aswell as being able to meet her instructor before going out onto the public roads, she also wanted an instructor who came highly recommended. When learning to drive Emily found it much more relaxed and her instructors teaching methods were very informative. Emily has said that she would recommend New starters driving school and she couldn't think of anything to improve.



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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.”