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Chelsea Chapman - Cowling

Chelsea Chapman - Cowling

Passed First Time...


Abby Spencer- Silsden

Abby Spencer- Silsden

Passed First Time...


Libby Smith

Libby Smith

Passed at Skipton...


Caitlin Wright - Crosshills

Caitlin Wright - Crosshills

Passed First Time...


Billy Watson - Silsden

Billy Watson - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Holly Proctor - Silsden

Holly Proctor - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Jake Humphrey - Silsden

Jake Humphrey - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Sean Brannan - Eastburn

Sean Brannan - Eastburn

Passed First Time...


Hannah Rawnsley - Ilkley

Hannah Rawnsley - Ilkley

Passed First Time...


Mat Winstanley - Skipton

Mat Winstanley - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Jack Lister - Silsden

Jack Lister - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Josh Brockbank - Skipton

Josh Brockbank - Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


Sam Aveyard - Silsden

Sam Aveyard - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Becca Fleming - Cononley

Becca Fleming - Cononley

Passed First Time...


Will Harrison - Cononley

Will Harrison - Cononley

Passed First Time...


Henry Croft - Addingham

Henry Croft - Addingham

Passed First Time...


Joe Watson - Silsden

Joe Watson - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Tony Harrison - Skipton

Tony Harrison - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Dan Flesher - Addingham

Dan Flesher - Addingham

Passed First Time...


Oli Garth - Addingham

Oli Garth - Addingham

Passed at Skipton...


Mollie Winterburn - Sutton

Mollie Winterburn - Sutton

Passed First Time...


Charlotte Beck - Silsden

Charlotte Beck - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Conrad Waggett - Crosshills

Conrad Waggett - Crosshills

Passed at Skipton...


Jemma Risdon - Steeton

Jemma Risdon - Steeton

Passed First Time...


Ben Toomes - Skipton

Ben Toomes - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Morgan Sward - Skipton

Morgan Sward - Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


Marcus Jorden - Silsden

Marcus Jorden - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Phillip Baines - Skipton

Phillip Baines - Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


Abi Horner - Silsden

Abi Horner - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Joe Slattery - Skipton

Joe Slattery - Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


Ryan Flint - Keighley

Ryan Flint - Keighley

Passed First Time...


Molly Brown - Silsden

Molly Brown - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Ellie Ball - Skipton

Ellie Ball - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Ben Jarvis - Ilkley

Ben Jarvis - Ilkley

Passed at Skipton...


Kevyn Whitmarsh - Silsden

Kevyn Whitmarsh - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Tom Addyman - Keighley

Tom Addyman - Keighley

Passed First Time with ZERO faults...


Bryony Atkinson - Silsden

Bryony Atkinson - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Daniel Pratt - Silsden

Daniel Pratt - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Tom Southern - Sutton

Tom Southern - Sutton

Passed First Time...


Mat Dudman - Steeton

Mat Dudman - Steeton

Passed First Time...


Joe Palmer - Steeton

Joe Palmer - Steeton

Passed First Time...


Emma Little - Cononley

Emma Little - Cononley

Passed at Skipton...


James Newsome - Ilkley

James Newsome - Ilkley

Passed at Skipton...


Chris Watson - Steeton

Chris Watson - Steeton

Passed First Time...


Patrick Nutton - Cowling

Patrick Nutton - Cowling

Passed First Time...


Jack Holdsworth - Sutton

Jack Holdsworth - Sutton

Passed First Time...


Olivia Johnson - Sutton

Olivia Johnson - Sutton

Passed at Skipton...


Chris Dinneen - Crosshills

Chris Dinneen - Crosshills

Passed First Time...


Nathan Spiller - Ilkley

Nathan Spiller - Ilkley

Passed First Time with ZERO faults...


Amy Marshall - Cowling

Amy Marshall - Cowling

Passed First Time...


Oliver Blackwell - Silsden

Oliver Blackwell - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Cassie Barlow-Hall - Silsden

Cassie Barlow-Hall - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Phillip Dawson - Silsden

Phillip Dawson - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Adam Winstanley - Skipton

Adam Winstanley - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Beth Reape - Sutton

Beth Reape - Sutton

Passed First Time...


Jonny Hardaker - Sutton

Jonny Hardaker - Sutton

Passed at Skipton...


Paddy Nolan- Silsden

Paddy Nolan- Silsden

Passed at Steeton...


Holly Preston - Silsden

Holly Preston - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Jack Webster - Skipton

Jack Webster - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Laura Nicholson - Skipton

Laura Nicholson - Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


Liam Daniel - Eastburn

Liam Daniel - Eastburn

Passed at Steeton...


Rio Hindle - Skipton

Rio Hindle - Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


Fran Fearnley - Ilkley

Fran Fearnley - Ilkley

Passed First Time...


Emily McGonigle - Skipton

Emily McGonigle - Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


Thomas Hall - Silsden

Thomas Hall - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Fiona Lee - Silsden

Fiona Lee - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Becky Lee - Silsden

Becky Lee - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Guy Richardson - Silsden

Guy Richardson - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Jake Wolf - Ilkley

Jake Wolf - Ilkley

Passed First Time...


Michael Jeff - Crosshills

Michael Jeff - Crosshills

Passed First Time...


Frankie Thompson - Sutton

Frankie Thompson - Sutton

Passed at Steeton...


Georgina Matthews - Steeton

Georgina Matthews - Steeton

Passed at Skipton...


Josh McNulty - Silsden

Josh McNulty - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Jonathan Reay - Skipton

Jonathan Reay - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Robert Ashby - Ilkley

Robert Ashby - Ilkley

Passed First Time...


Ross Bazylewicz

Ross Bazylewicz

Passed First Time...


Abigail Knowles - Keighley

Abigail Knowles - Keighley

Passed at Steeton...


Ben Pietrovito - Keighley

Ben Pietrovito - Keighley

Passed First Time...


Mat Sharp - Cowling

Mat Sharp - Cowling

Passed First Time...


Emily Wood - Silsden

Emily Wood - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Matty Dearden - Steeton

Matty Dearden - Steeton

Passed at Skipton...


Sophie Reape - Cross Hills

Sophie Reape - Cross Hills

Passed First Time...


George Storr - Silsden

George Storr - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Grace Wallbank - Skipton

Grace Wallbank - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Josh Allen - Eastburn

Josh Allen - Eastburn

Passed at Skipton...


Catherine Hall - Steeton

Catherine Hall - Steeton

Passed First Time...


Jack Croft - Steeton

Jack Croft - Steeton

Passed First Time...


Martha Smith - Skipton

Martha Smith - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Damon Spikings - Silsden

Damon Spikings - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Jamie Middleton - Silsden

Jamie Middleton - Silsden

Passed First Time...


James Brooke - Skipton

James Brooke - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Louise Bloor - Ilkley

Louise Bloor - Ilkley

Passed First Time...


Kieran Hindle - Silsden

Kieran Hindle - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Laura Dale - Silsden

Laura Dale - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Liam Narey - Skipton

Liam Narey - Skipton

Passed First Time...


George Wilkins - Skipton

George Wilkins - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Jess Taylor - Steeton

Jess Taylor - Steeton

Passed First Time...


Michael Carter - Silsden

Michael Carter - Silsden

Passed at Steeton...


Harry Blake - Silsden

Harry Blake - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Sam Meakin - Skipton

Sam Meakin - Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


Hannah Walton - Silsden

Hannah Walton - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Laura Hope - Silsden

Laura Hope - Silsden

Passed with ZERO faults...


Sam Solley - Cowling

Sam Solley - Cowling

Passed at Skipton...


Luke Burnham - Skipton

Luke Burnham - Skipton

Passed First Time With Me...


Ben Conway - Silsden

Ben Conway - Silsden

Passed at Steeton...


Hannah Marklew - Skipton

Hannah Marklew - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Harry Muir - Silsden

Harry Muir - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Samantha M-Smith - Steeton

Samantha M-Smith - Steeton

Passed at Skipton...


Sabrina Atkinson - Silsden

Sabrina Atkinson - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Katie Bush - Silsden

Katie Bush - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Mia Hawkins - Cowling

Mia Hawkins - Cowling

Passed First Time...


Tim Edwards - Silsden

Tim Edwards - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Alex Poponet - Steeton

Alex Poponet - Steeton

Passed at Steeton...


Todd Kaine - Silsden

Todd Kaine - Silsden

Passed at Steeton...


Olivia Polyhos - Silsden

Olivia Polyhos - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Josh Little - Skipton

Josh Little - Skipton

Passed First Time...


Josh Thompson - Sutton

Josh Thompson - Sutton

Passed First Time with ZERO faults...


Adam Carroll - Silsden

Adam Carroll - Silsden

Passed First Time...


Ross Davis - Steeton

Ross Davis - Steeton

Passed at Skipton...


Adam Beazley - Eastburn

Adam Beazley - Eastburn

Passed First Time With Me...


Hannah Tomlinson - Silsden

Hannah Tomlinson - Silsden

Passed 1st Time with ZERO faults...


John Lockwood - Silsden

John Lockwood - Silsden

Passed 1st Time with ZERO faults...


Elliott Hodgson - Steeton

 Elliott Hodgson - Steeton

Passed 1st Time...


Angus Watson - Silsden

Angus Watson - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Gemma Clarke - Silsden

Gemma Clarke - Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Alex Horsfield - Sutton in Craven

Alex Horsfield - Sutton in Craven

Passed 1st Time...


Gina Garth - Addingham

Gina Garth - Addingham

Passed 1st Time...


Harry Jarman - Silsden

Harry Jarman - Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Ross Phelan - Keighley

Ross Phelan - Keighley

Passed 1st Time...


Jade Maude - Keighley

Jade Maude - Keighley

Passed at Steeton...


Oliver Peacock - Skipton

Oliver Peacock - Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


James Lacey - Skipton

James Lacey - Skipton

Passed 1st Time...


Matty Holroyd - Silsden

Matty Holroyd - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Jack Leach - Silsden

Jack Leach - Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Scarlott Utley of Keighley

Scarlott Utley of Keighley

Passed 1st Time...


Jasmine Broughton of Sutton

Jasmine Broughton of Sutton

Passed 1st Time...


Olivia Myers of Skipton

Olivia Myers of Skipton

Passed 1st Time...


Tony Roxas - Silsden

Tony Roxas - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Charlie Rennison - Skipton

Charlie Rennison - Skipton

Passed 1st Time...


Harriet Matthews of Cononley

Harriet Matthews of Cononley

Passed 1st Time...


Phoebe Wainman of Silsden

Phoebe Wainman of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Jack Lee - Silsden

Jack Lee - Silsden

1st Pass of 2014!...


Abi Wallbank - Silsden

Abi Wallbank - Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Kurt Barker - Silsden

Kurt Barker - Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Jenny Beckett - Keighley

Jenny Beckett - Keighley

Passed 1st Time...


Danielle Phelan - Keighley

Danielle Phelan - Keighley

Passed 1st Time...


Jack Kendall of Silsden

Jack Kendall of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Maddison Barker - Silsden

Maddison Barker - Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Megan Edwards - Cowling

Megan Edwards - Cowling

Passed at Steeton...


Chris Redman - Steeton

Chris Redman - Steeton

Passed at Steeton...


Josh White - Ilkley

Josh White - Ilkley

Passed at Skipton...


Charlie Edgar - Cowling

Charlie Edgar - Cowling

Passed 1st Time...


Laura Marklew of Cowling

Laura Marklew of Cowling

Passed 1st Time...


Kieran Middleton of Silsden

Kieran Middleton of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Andra Poponet of Steeton

Andra Poponet of Steeton

Passed 1st Time...


Leon Soundy of Ilkley

Leon Soundy of Ilkley

Passed 1st Time...


Ryan Narey of Eastburn

Ryan Narey of Eastburn

Passed 1st Time...


Liz Ayres of Keighley

Liz Ayres of Keighley

Passed 1st Time...


Mark Smith of Silsden

Mark Smith of Silsden

Passed at Skipton...


Danny Kendell of Silsden

Danny Kendell of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Frances Wallbank of Skipton

Frances Wallbank of Skipton

Passed at Skipton...


Emma Corcoran of Silsden

Emma Corcoran of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Rudi Edwards of Sutton

Rudi Edwards of Sutton

Passed at Skipton...


Tasmyn Bland of Silsden

Tasmyn Bland of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Lucy Ackroyd of Silsden

Lucy Ackroyd of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Sam Haggar of Skipton

Sam Haggar of Skipton

Passed 1st Time...


Christine Pratt of Silsden

Christine Pratt of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Sam Garth of Addingham

Sam Garth of Addingham

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Ben O’Hara of Eastburn

Ben O’Hara of Eastburn

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Kyle Moulson of Addingham

Kyle Moulson of Addingham

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Danny Bazz of Silsden

Danny Bazz of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Matthew Throup of Silsden

Matthew Throup of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Jason Beattie of Keighley

Jason Beattie of Keighley

Passed 1st Time...


Stephen Dobson of Silsden

Stephen Dobson of Silsden

Passed 1st Time...


Choosing Your Driving School

Choosing a driving instructor is probably one of the most important decisions that you will have to make and can be a daunting task.

A quick google search shows over 20 driving schools in our area alone, so how do you go about identifying the one to suit your needs?

People often look for a driving instructor who is "good and cheap."  Unfortunately the two rarely go together as many have found to their cost, but only after wasting hundreds of pounds. Why would somebody who is good at their job charge less money? They often have to charge less for their lessons because it's the only way they can compete for pupils.

The following sections detail some of the ways that people can make their choice.

Personal Recommendations
 

By far the best method is a recommendation from a friend or relative who can give first hand experience.

Recommendations supply me with approximately 90% of my work.  This is something that I am very proud of.  I like to think that all of my students are happy with the service and tuition that they receive and without their referrals I simply could not survive.

 
 
How much should a driving instructor charge for driving lessons?
 

The price of a driving lesson is only one of the factors that you should consider when making your choice of driving instructor.

It's not like buying a new pair of jeans, where several shops will all have the same product and you just shop around for the best deal. Driving instructors cannot be compared like for like. They may drive around in similar looking tuition cars, but the customer service and instruction they give can vary enormously.

You have to ask yourself this question - Why do some instructors or schools offer cut price lessons? It could be that they offer a cut price service. It could be that they are struggling for work but why is this if they are the cheapest in town?

On the other hand there are driving instructors who are reliable, have first class teaching skills, years of experience, high pass rates and many satisfied customers. These type of instructors stay busy for a very good reason, not because they are the cheapest in town but because their customers learn in fewer lessons and benefit from top teaching skills.

Remember that very few things in life are free and you generally get what you pay for.

 
 
Instructor qualifications
 
Unfortunately the standard of driving tuition and service throughout the industry is not as high as it should be.

Anybody who teaches driving for money must be qualified. The qualification exams are administrated by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Instructors must pass a strict three part exam process before being allowed to teach unsupervised. It is possible to obtain a trainee teaching licence valid for up to 6 months to help prepare for the final exam.

Fully qualified instructors must display a green licence badge in the tuition car and trainees a pink licence badge. Trainee instructors should also be supervised by a qualified instructor some of the time they teach. Only fully qualified instructors can call themselves a DVSA ADI (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor).

Even after qualifying, instructor will be 'checked' by a DVSA standards examiner to ensure they still meet the minimum standards. Instructors will be given a grade depending on their teaching standards. Grades 1 to 3 are substandard and risk losing their teaching licence unless they improve before their next check in 3 months time. Grade 4 is adequate, 5 is of a good standard and 6 is very good and the highest grade. The overwhelming majority of instructors are grade 4. From April 2014 the grading system has been updated and replaced with grades A, B or fail. Only a small number of instructors (less then 25%) have received grade A.

Instructors are encouraged to take professional development training (CPD) which is extra training throughout their working life to keep up to date with modern methods and teaching techniques. Just imagine going to see your doctor only to find out he'd never read a book or been on any course since he qualified 20 years ago - I think you'd soon want to see another doctor!

I take my own CPD very seriously and since I qualified back in 1995 I have spent a considerable amount of time and money each year on CPD. And I was awarded grade A at my last standards check in May 2015.

 
 
Tuition Quality
 

A proportion of my work is from students that have decided to change from their previous instructor due to a variety of reasons e.g.

"my instructor is always talking on the phone instead of looking after me";
"I receive no feedback to enable me to improve"; 
"he/she is always late"; 
"the tuition car smells of smoke";
"he/she talks more about themselves than about my driving";
"my instructor eats his lunch whilst on my lesson".

These are some of the reasons that are given to me when talking to new students.

Does this sound familiar?


Maybe it's time for a change?

 
 
Beware of gimmicks
 

There are many ways that driving schools will attract new students, some will offer free lessons, student discounts and all sorts of gimmicks.

You now have the task of sifting through all these offers.

First lesson FREE, 5 for £56, 10 for £99 or 10 for £153 are just some of the cheap offers available around our area. However, they are not always what they seem!  

For example, sometimes your 'offer' lessons will be spread out over the duration of your training and even held until the day of your driving test, or sometimes the car will never leave the side of the road for the whole lesson.

 
 




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"I hated driving and got shouted at on my lessons..."


"I started driving lessons with another driving school but the instructor used to shout at me if I made a mistake or didn't understand something. I would dread every lesson and hated driving. A friend who'd passed his test with Chris Parker Driving School suggested I change instructor. I learnt more with Chris in one hour than I did in a 10 hour course with my previous instructor. He creates a calm environment in the car and makes you feel comfortable from the start. Definitely worth the price."

Seth Abramson, Ilkley.

 
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