Lauren Spalding

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

lauren spalding

Great Experience!

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!!!

Zoe Tunnel

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!!

Neve Ferrie

Steve Pearce

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

Tessa Marley

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

Matthew Foreshew

Benard Kipchumba

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.

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

Htet Aung Naing Lynn

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

Naill H

Highly recommended

Jim was an excellent driving instructor! I passed first time and couldn’t have done it without him. Highly recommend to anyone.

Sophie Orde

Lucy P

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

Lucy P

Great Experience

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


Absolutely brilliant

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

Zack Hodson

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


Congratulations Tyrone

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.


Congratulations Caprice!

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


Congratulations Paula!

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


Congratulations Katrina!

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


Congratulations Nimmy!

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! 


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


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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