I almost thought I’d never be able to drive, I’d gone through seven instructors and failed the test twice. But all that changed after I booked lessons with 1st Castle. A huge thanks to my instructor Mike, he was tougher than some of my previous instructors but also fair and I wouldn’t have been able… to pass without his help. I would absolutely recommend 1st Castle to anyone learning to drive. Read more “Perfect experience”
I had Trevor as an instructor and managed to pass first time! I’ve had a few instructors before and never even made it to the test, but Trevor stuck with me, drilled things in to make sure I get it, and even though I must have been difficult to teach, he got me to the… test and I passed first time. Thanks Trevor, couldn’t have done with without you x Read more “Lauren Spalding”
I recently passed my driving test- first attempt. Really appreciative of my driving instructor- Steve Pearce- who had a calm but firm approach to teaching- which is what I needed. Encouraging me to think independently which boosted my confidence in my driving. Super happy with my experience and would definitely recommend to others!!!
Mike was a great instructor
Mike was a great instructor who helped me develop confidence on the road by being precise and calm in his instructions and even giving up some of his own free time to teach me at the end of each lesson. I would highly recommend this driving school to anyone wanting to start driving lessons!!
I would highly recommend 1st Castle to any new driver as I had Steve Pearce as my instructor and thought he was brilliant. His teaching is thorough and he gets you to really understand why you should do each procedure rather than just ticking a box for a test. I feel that I have properly… learned to safely drive. Steve is also very funny and has interesting stories that he tells so you never get bored. He is also very efficient and was very quick at getting my test sorted. Read more “Steve Pearce”
Big shout out to Glynn!
After taking one driving test and failing and being such a nervous driver, meeting Glynn helped beyond words. He helped calm me down after making stupid mistakes and make me realize where I was going wrong in a calm and cool manor, even when I had a bad lesson, he never gave up trying to… make me better and more confident in myself. If I had to start all over again, I’d pick Glynn in a heartbeat. Decent lad, great instructor and generally helpful and happy bloke.
Was told 1st castle would help me pass my test, today they proved themselves right!! Read more “Big shout out to Glynn!”
I am very grateful and pleased to have had Paul as my instructor. He has been brilliant in guiding me throughout my lessons upto passing my practical test. He is very friendly and has been very patient with me and always gave me invaluable driving information. I felt confident at the end of my lessons.… I strongly recommend Paul and 1st Castle School. Thank you. Read more “Benard Kipchumba”
Excellent coaching and support.
I recently passed my driving test first time with zero minor fault. A huge amount of thanks goes to my amazing instructor STEVE PEARCE for his excellent coaching and support. He is very friendly, patient, calm and encouraging. He can also tailor his method of teaching according to the learners’ needs and keep them calm… and at ease behind the wheel. My test was postponed 2 times because of the lockdown and Steve was very supportive by regularly updating DVSA news and my booking status. He always goes extra mile for his students. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough! Thanks again Steve! Read more “Excellent coaching and support.”
Jim Voss lessons
Before starting lessons with Jim after having a previous instructor, I thought I knew how to drive and thought I had just been ‘unlucky’ with a few tests. In truth I wasn’t ready at all. I couldn’t park and roundabouts where a big struggle for me. I am very much a visual learner who needs… lots of techniques and structure to be able to properly grasp things. Jim couldn’t have been better for this all the way from his book showing how to do every manoeuvre, roundabout etc to his techniques and stickers down his door making it easier to remember when to turn in a manoeuvre. A top instructor and a top block would recommend to anyone learning to drive. Read more “Jim Voss lessons”
Jim was an excellent driving instructor! I passed first time and couldn’t have done it without him. Highly recommend to anyone.
After having lessons on and off over the last 10 years I decided it was now time to learn to drive and decided to opt for a automatic. Paul was my driving instructor and I can not recommend him enough. I had very little confidence from not great driving lessons in the past with previous… instructors. And he completely put me at ease and boosted my confidence massively! I passed my driving test first time a week ago! Thankyou Paul! Read more “Lucy P”
Decided I wanted to learn to drive late last year and was put in contact with 1st Castle and specifically Steve; honestly can say that it made the challenge of learning to drive an enjoyable experience. Very knowledgable and reliable as well as making sure I was fully ready for my test with no gaps… in my confidence. Passed first time and would fully recommend! Read more “Great Experience”
I had to take an emergency test as a key worker and Steve Pearce got me through it with only 4 hours of brilliant teaching. I also had David Robinson previously who laid great groundwork. I could not recommend the company highly enough, the levels of customer service and the efficiency with which I was… dealt with due to my situation was second to none. Read more “Absolutely brilliant”
Lucy Madgewick form Midhurst has just passed her driving test
I failed my driving test seven times before trying automatic with 1st Castle. They really helped me perfect my driving skills and gave my confidence a massive boost. Inside four months I felt like a safe confident driver. Not only did I pass my test first time, I did so with a clean sheet! The… freedom to drive will change my life for me and my young daughter. Thank you 1st Castle! Read more “Lucy Madgewick form Midhurst has just passed her driving test”
my driving lessons with Matt were pretty cool. I chose him because I had been advised he sort of knew what he on about (haha). He was easy to get on with and chose the right methods to teach me.
I chose 1st Castle because they advertise manual and automatic cars and were very helpful when I phoned up for more information. I was worried about collisioning the car but I needn’t have worried as my instructor had a calming influence and did not start the lesson until we had discussed the lesson plan. I… enjoyed my lessons and will definitely recommend them to my friends. Read more “Congratulations Caprice!”
It still hasn’t really sunk in yet that I have passed, I keep telling myself, “You did, you can drive”. My worst fear with driving was roundabouts – awful things! However with the great guidance from my instructor I found that I could tackle anything. I chose 1st Castle for their outstanding record and also… my sister passed with them, and I am glad, after all they got through my fears. I have tried other driving schools, but they never really seemed to help, all I did was drive around, with not my guidance from the instructor (that’s when they turned up of course). My instructor with 1st Castle gave me the courage to drive and I felt at ease with him, he never put me down, if I done something wrong he would explain it all over again, which of course is needed when you are tackling your fears. I was always a little down after my lesson had finished as all I wanted to do was jump back in the car and drive around, it gave me a great feeling knowing that I could drive. I always enjoyed my lessons, and found them extremely helpful, with not a second wasted. I would always recommend 1st Castle to anyone who wishes to learn to drive, without them, me and the kids would still be getting wet! If anyone is reading this who is about to take your test, a little word of advice – DON’T PANIC. Its not all that bad and after all you wouldn’t be there if your instructor didn’t think you were ready. I had a bad attack of the nerves on my test, my instructor was great at trying to calm me, he sat me down and had a chat. The examiners are really not that bad to get in such a state about, just go out and enjoy the experience, which is something I didn’t do through my nerves. Read more “Congratulations Paula!”
Thank you very much for getting me through my test. I never ever thought I would be driving. I have always been very nervous in a car but you made me feel so comfortable. I had been with another driving school before 1st Castle but I did not feel confident and was never made to… feel confident. I had 11 months of lessons with no end in sight. Then along came 1st Castle. After just one lesson I knew I had found the right person to get me through. I received praise if I had had a good lesson which I never got before. There were times when I mucked up but my instructor never made a song and dance about it. He just pointed me in the right direction. Also, thanks for putting up with me. I can talk the hind leg off a donkey so your ears must have been hurting at the end of the lesson. At least you have a good sense of humour. With best wishes, Katrina Read more “Congratulations Katrina!”
I Still cannot believe that I’ve passed – was still so scared on Thursday! One of my worst fears was being observed whilst driving. Having driven previously overseas, driving with an instructor in the car again surprisingly took me very little time to get used to. Having an examiner was harder – my worst nightmare! … Examiners in the Middle East tended to be Traffic Police who were generally unfriendly to Westerners! There was just no way that I could relax, to the point that I was having nightmares before my first test. I finally passed on my third test. My instructor was really good because he realised that I was a wreck, he kept me calm and didn’t give me time to think – we practised and practised some more – we arrived at the test centre just in time to walk straight in to my test. I chose 1st Castle after looking up the number in the Yellow pages. I was new to Havant and the UK arriving in September 2006. I was very nervous at first there was so much to learn! My instructor made me feel very relaxed, he never got angry with me or made me feel stupid. I was a little scared driving out to the Test Centre in Portsmouth on my very first lesson – still haven’t quite lost that feeling that I might drive/fall left off the road! I enjoyed my lessons with 1st Castle after previously having instructors overseas who thought that the only way to be heard was to raise their voices and to shout. My instructor from 1st Castle was always very patient, polite, and professional. The car was spotlessly clean (unlike mine – washed once in 6 months!), a welcome sight around town with a happy smile! Read more “Congratulations Nimmy!”
I Couldn’t Ask For a Better Instructor
Hi Gill, I just wanted to thank you for your kindness, patience, humour and understanding during all of my lessons. I couldn’t aks for a better instructor. You’re a star 🙂 Thanks again for all.
I Nearly Gave Up On Several Occasions
Just wanted to say how grateful I am for all the support, patience and advice you have given me since learning to drive with you. As you know I nearly gave up on several occasions but your positive attitude and encouragement really got me through. I would highly recommend you to anyone learning to drive… and will not forget all the help you have given me. I am very grateful for everything. Many thanks again. Read more “I Nearly Gave Up On Several Occasions”
Thank You Barbara!
I was ready to throw the towel in with driving… 1st Castle has given me a real chance and belief in my ability to do it. They are accommodating, friendly and reliable. I will definitely recommend them to anyone needing lessons. Thanks guys.
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