Thank you James!

James is the instructor to ask for in Chichester – he’s taught both my children and they both passed first time. He’s really good at explaining everything, patient and adaptable. Can’t recommend him more highly

Deborah Rubli

Passed First Time

Steve Pearce helped me gain the confidence and control i needed to push myself to accomplish something i didn’t think i could by passing my driving test first time this weekend. Amazing man.

Paige Jones

Thank you Genna!🚗

I want to say a huge thank you to Genna, I honestly could not have asked for a better driving instructor! When I started with Genna I was nervous on the roads and had no confidence but Genna helped me to gain back my confidence and pass first time! Thank you Genna for your kindness,

Lily Seymour

Steve Pearce

Thank you for the amazing experience!, for the kindness, patience, humour and understanding during all of my lessons. I couldn’t aks for a better instructor.
Highly recommend to anyone.
Keep up the great job! And thank you one more time!

Daniela Dicu

Pass first time

Steve has been fantastic as a driving instructor for myself and my two brothers. He is patient but firm and will prepare you for a lifetime of safe driving. Looking forward to doing pass-plus with him in a few months.

James Hughes

Thank you Genna !

Thank you so much for getting me through my test. I am so grateful for the support and advice you provided, as well as your encouraging, positive attitude. Not only did you help give me the confidence and skill to pass my test, but I am now a comfortable driver beyond that after passing. I


Steve Pearce

I passed first time and I wouldn’t have without the amazing support and help from Steve. We went at my own pace and helped me build up my confidence on the road. I cannot recommend 1st castle enough, they care and they’ll get you that pass.

Thomas Wright

Great Instructor

Just passed first time thanks to Paul! His intructions were always clear and he paced learning in a way that didnt overwhelm me with information. He was incredibly patient, friendly, supportive and ensured I was completely ready to pass my test. Legend!

Cameron Polidano

Truly Amazing

I passed my test today first time thanks to Steve – I genuinely don’t think I could’ve asked for a better instructor. He was very thorough in teaching everything I needed to know and also managed to keep me calm – very direct and to the point as well as funny. Very thankful that I

Lucy Harris

Refresher course well worth while

After 16 years off the road for various reasons, I gave Steve a call and asked if he could fit me in for a couple of lessons for 2 hours duration.
I was nervous, naturally, but Steve soon put me at ease, allowing me to regain confidence.
Driving with him in charge made


Perfect experience

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

Charlie Mariscotti-Wyatt

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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