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 01268-757166Pass First Time With DPA Teaching Since 1979

All Our Instructors Are

Fully Qualified Grade "A"

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It's great to pass your test and be on the open road.

It's essential that when you do, you have been taught to drive safely.


Advice for Parents


Hi, I'm Dave Phillips the owner of DPA School of Motoring, I’m also a Dad and like all parents wanted to give my children the best, when my daughter reached 17 I wanted to make sure that she had the best instructor and driving school to teach her to drive. Did I teach her myself? Anyone with a 17 year old knows the answer to that question…of course I didn’t, but I used the simple list below to make my decision on which instructor to choose.

All our Instructors allow time on the first lesson to meet with the parents of our younger pupils, we like to introduce ourselves and allow you to meet the person who will be training your son or daughther.




What are the key decisions to be made when selecting a driving Instructor?

1. Are they fully qualified, Grade 'A' green badge, Approved Driving Instructors, approved by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency)

2. Are all vehicles modern and fitted with dual controls?

3. Is the school professional? Have they been around for some time? Local schools rely on recommendations, bad schools and instructors don’t last long in this industry. Take a look at the schools web site, it should be very clear what the prices of lessons are and also what services are offered. If you find it difficult or impossible to find out what the actual standard block lesson price is BEWARE!

4. Do the school provide (Free of Charge) a written format training methodology which can be utilized outside of the car and between lessons to reduce the number of lessons required? or is all of the training done in the car? (DPA “A” Cards)

5. What is the price of lessons? Value for money is the key criteria, All driving schools offer specials, there is nothing wrong in this, the intention is to try to convince you to start with them. The idea being that once your son or daughter is driving with an instructor they will not want to change, but beware of free or extremley low cost lessons at the start which have lots of strings attached. Also ask yourself if a school is charging way below the normal rate what is the reason? It could be that they have a poor reputation and find gaining new pupils difficult hence they have to cut prices, the old adage you get what you pay for needs to be kept in mind.

6. You know your kids, are they quick learners adept at physical skills or maybe they are a little slower to pick things up? Assume that the number of lessons at the lowest end will be around 30 and at the high end 60 then calculate the costs by adding up the special offer lesson block you purchase at the start, plus the standard price lesson blocks you purchase in the future to see just what the true cost is. Buying single lessons is always more expensive as the school have no guaranteed future income from this method.

The standards required today are very much higher than they were 20 years ago so please understand that it is quite normal to take 40 to 60 hours to attain the current standards for a test pass.


7. Unsolicited recommendations are the best indicators, the schools web site should have real recommendations from previous pupils (with photographs) why? Well it is simple to list a stream of Miss A from Benfleet or Pete from Canvey Island, when a school places photography of each pupil alongside the comments it is rather more difficult to invent recommendations.


8. Last but not least don’t be put off when you ring a small local school and you go to an answering machine, the reason your local school can provide better value for money is that they have much lower overheads than the big corporate schools like AA/BSM or Red. No big offices, no multi-million pound advertising budget and certainly no full time person to answer the phone. A professional school should call you back within 24 hours. Any instructor who is receiving calls via a mobile phone whilst instructing should not be considered.

All of our current Instructors were actualy trained by either me the AA or BSM and that includes me.

Driving is a life skill, we teach pupils to drive safely, not just to pass a driving test. There are areas of life that we can save on, good driving instruction and the safety of your children is not one of them. 

If you’re still not sure or have any questions just give me a call, I promise no hard sell, no pestering call backs and advice based on 43 years experience as an Instructor and 46 as a Dad.


Best Regards

Dave Phillips

The DPA Standard lesson is 1.5 hours, our experience shows this will reduce the total tuition time required to attain test standard and of course reduce the cost.


Vehicles are fitted with Internal/external CCTV and audio recording equipment.

Take a look at our free guide to driving

DPA Guide to driving 3.pdf
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