• 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, 

Don't forget, we do Gift Vouchers as well!

  • 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.

  • Megan Mcmanus

    Megan Mcmanus passed with our new starters instructor Kenny in Carlisle.

    When looking for an instructor Megan wanted someone who was friendly, approachable and well informed as well as having good reviews. Other important factors were the instructors teaching methods. When learning to drive Megan said that after having lessons previously with another instructor she had expected to hate it but said that Kenny made it enjoyable and relaxed so Megans confidence grew and it was great. She added that her instructors teaching methods were brilliant and that she would definately recommend new starters as teaching methods and instructors are great. Megan also said she couldnt think of anything to improve our services but did note maybe the price but she said new starters were well worth every penny of the price.

    Thank you Megan for your review and we look forward to seeing you out and about on the roads.

  • 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.

  • Sean Blacklock

    Congratulations Sean on your first time test pass with Stephen Philipson.

    When looking for an instructor Sean wanted someone with a good reputation and whos costs and availability were good. When learning to drive he found it was alot better than he had expected and that his instructors teaching methods were very helpful. Sean added he would recommend new starters as he feels he has gained good knowledge of driving and he wouldnt improve on anything as he was very happy with the course of lessons.

    Thank you for your review Sean.

  • 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.

  • David Leigh

    Congratulations David on passing with New starters driving school.

    David took his lessons with the New starters instructor John Wardle and had previously been on our pre-learner site to gain experience before going onto the busy roads.

    When choosing an instructor David wanted someone who was proffesional and who was up to date, he also wanted somewhere to practice before going onto the roads and with a good facebook feedback. When learning to drive david said it was good fun, more interesting and he learned more than he expected. His instructors teaching methods were brilliant and he said that the methods used to teach suited his needs. we asked David if he would recommend us and he replied, Yes definately learning to drive was fun, friendly and proffesional.

  • 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.

  • Henry Richards

    Henry Richards was taught by our instructor John wardle in carlisle, he said that his most important criteria when choosing an instructor was that they were friendly and easy going, other factors were that they had to be reliable. When learning to drive with new starters driving school it was as expected and found my instructors teaching methods were really good. Henry added that he would recommend new starters driving school (and already has), the service was superb and there was nothing he would recommend as an improvement.

  • 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.

  • Alice Watson

    Congratulations Alice on a well deserved test pass in Carlisle today from your instructor John Coliins.

    Alice reviewed us here at new starters and she had this to say................

    When starting with us Alice initially started on the pre learner site. She wanted an instructor who knew what the examiners were looking for, that was friendly and that knew the drivind test routes. When learning to drive Alice found that it wasnt as stressful. She found her instructors teaching methods were beneficial and that they were easy to rememeber. When asked about recommendations Alice said that she would recommend us as we are friendly and always looking to improve.

    Thank you Alice for your review and we hope to see you on the roads soon.



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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.”