“Couldn't have asked for a better instructor than Neil! I am a really nervous person and he was so calm and easy to talk to that I looked forward to my lessons each week. I passed first time so would definately recommend him to anyone!”
Sarah B, Kidbrooke, July 2017
“I would recommend Neil to anyone. He has taught many of my friends as well as myself. He is very patient, has a good sense of humour and is extremely thorough. Neil teaches you to be a confident, safe driver, beyond just passing a test. It was for these reasons that I passed with no minors at Hither Green”
Hannah Biggs, September 2017
“Neil is a great bloke and great instructor. I cannot recommend him enough.
He is very professional and punctual but you will also have a good laugh with him on your lessons.
Neil is great at instilling good habits into your driving and ironing out your bad ones.
I'm confident that there is not a better person out there to help you pass your driving test and to make you a better all round driver.
Thank you again Neil for being an absolute legend and helping me pass!”
TC, New Eltham, February 2017
“I found Neil through searching for an instructor near me. I'm glad
that I did. Neil is experienced, thorough, calm, intelligent, and
dedicated to maximising the utility of each lesson towards passing the
driving test. He has always been prepared and on time for our lessons.
I would definitely recommend Neil to anyone who wants to get the
driving instruction done in a pleasant and constructive environment.”
SD, Kidbrooke, March 2017
“I had convinced myself that I would never learn, and certainly never pass! Having had several instructors before I was aware how crucial getting the right person was. Neil is patient, calm and flexible. I always felt listened to and went from dreading my lessons to looking forward to them. Today I have passed first time and I can not believe it. With 3 kids and 2 businesses having this freedom will change my life. Neil's online resources are great and having an online portal to follow up on makes the most of each lesson. Its been brilliant and the only down side of passing is missing my weekly lessons. Thank you!”
L James, Hither Green, June 2016
“Neil is a fantastic and skilled driving instructor who has a great sense of humour, immeasurable calm and patience.Prior to having Neil as my driving instructor, I failed my driving test twice and was convinced I would never be able to drive.
However, with Neil's help I was happily proven wrong and passed the first time with him as my instructor. From my own personal experience, I believe one of the main things that sets Neil apart from other driving instructors is that he tries to put himself in his client's shoes to understand the barriers they are facing when learning to drive and then finding a way (or ways) to overcome those mental obstacles or bad driving habits. Needless to say, he's patient, understanding and encouraging. He's committed into getting you to drive safely and well and with the aim of achieving that pass.I genuinely can't recommend him highly enough. ”
Mai, Blackheath. April 2016.
“Would definitely recommend Neil as a driving instructor! At the start I was a very nervous driver. However Neil has been patient and encouraging all the way through, which has really built my confidence. He is a skilled instructor, great to talk to and very supportive. The lessons are well structured, tailored to your ability and there is flexibility to focus on things you feel would be useful as well. After every lesson you receive feedback and breakdown of what was covered. Neil also provides online support and materials, which are incredibly helpful. Thank you so much Neil for teaching me to drive (something that I thought would be an impossible task!), you’ve been the best teacher!!”
M Soni, Kidbrooke Village. April 2016.
“It's all true. Neil is a lovely person and a very clever teacher. He has a truly contagious sense of calm, is encouraging and you're never made to feel silly. Despite being a freaked out first time adult learner, I quickly gained confidence and passed first time! Couldn't recommend more highly.
I was blown away by the website - a great resource when I was revising for my theory but also an easy way to keep tabs on progress, hours, money spent. You can see tips and videos that relate to each lesson and notes on what you've been working on.
The whole experience was super positive. Before I knew it Neil told me I was ready to take the test. I'm going to miss those lessons! Thank you! ”
S Bevan, Chislehurst April 2016
“I failed my driving test three times in my early 20s. I unluckily had a terrible instructor the first time I learnt, who would shout when I made a mistake. After the third attempt at the driving test I stopped learning. Thinking about driving put me in a blind panic, and I had resigned myself to forever live in London, to negate the need to ever drive again. The whole experience learning to drive with that first instructor, really knocked my confidence, and it was another decade before I decided to learn again.
I booked my first lesson with Neil purely because he had good reviews on his website, from people exactly like me. The reviews did not disappoint. From the first lesson to the last hour before my test, Neil has always been very calm and encouraging. Neil is an excellent teacher and good at explaining things. As a veteran Instructor he is attuned to his student’s needs, learning styles, and adapts to what suits. He will go over manoeuvres, roundabouts, where the window washer is, until you get it. As far as possible he attempts to teach you good habits, and tries to instil a good attitude driving. On top of that he is a pleasant person to spend an hour with every week with, and will bend your ear off anything Star Wars. related.
Learning to drive is a bit like learning to read, it is important, and you should be able to do it well. I don’t remember who taught me how to read, but I will definitely remember who taught me how to drive properly. Having achieved my driver’s license, I now realise how much more freedom I have. For that, I am grateful to Neil for his time and effort teaching me.
I would 100% recommend Neil as a driving instructor, if you’re anything like me don’t wait just start learning!”
Carrie - Bexley, January 2016
“Neil is a brilliant driving instructor. With his help I passed my driving test on my first attempt. I had been anxious about driving after a bad experience with a previous instructor but Neil completely restored my confidence. He is reliable, punctual and incredibly patient. He knew exactly how far to push me to improve and structured the lessons really well, so there was a constant feeling of progression. The online support and feedback he provides outside of lessons were also incredibly useful tools. I highly recommend him. Thank you very much Neil, it’s been an absolute pleasure!”
H Luxton, Chislehurst, September 2015
“After having two previous driving instructors that repeatedly cancelled lessons last minute or turned up late I decided to try Neil. He was recommended to me by my boss at work who said he was great at teaching her to drive. I can say that Neil was brilliant, he was punctual, professional and always willing to give extra help. He used special tricks and reference points for manoeuvres that I found really useful. After using him for approximately 5 months I passed the first time at Hither Green. I would fully recommend him to anyone.”
Claire Horne, Sidcup, May 2015
“After starting my lessons in Dec 2014, I passed my test first time in April 2015. Neil was a fantastic instructor, he never got impatient and I always really looked forward to driving lessons as I felt he pushed me to learning something new each week. Neil was really reliable, punctual and just a lovely instructor to have a chat with in general - he even gave me tips for cycling on the road!”
J Thomas, Chislehurst April 2015
“Thank you Neil for your time and dedication.You are a wonderful teacher, very patient and understanding. I know I was very difficult but you persevered and we got there in the end!!! I'm now practising in Dubai!!!! ”
Y Brantingham, Greenwich February 2015
“Once we started the first lesson, I knew straight away Neil was going to be my last driving instructor with his positive attitude towards my deafness and throughout the lessons we had over the time, he was very calm, patient, honest and friendly. He makes everything more easier by explaining why I went wrong and praising me when I did right which boosts my confidence. He did not waste any time, he always got straight to the point by teaching me things he felt I needed to improve in preparation for my test. I hugely enjoyed my time with him and I will always be grateful for having the opportunity to learn from him, I would not be a qualified driver now if it was not for him. I taught him some BSL (British sign language) which he did very well, he would not stop trying his best so this shows his attitude to disabled individuals are amazing. So rest assured, you are in the good hands if you have him as your driving instructor :)”
S Kendall, Catford March 2015
“I have really enjoyed learning to drive with Neil. He is patient, thorough, clear, understanding and always positive. Neil really cares about the people he works with, and more importantly he makes you feel that you can do it. He always focuses on the positive aspects of your lesson. The lessons are well structured and I always felt confident that I would pass my test with Neil. I would not recommend anyone else.”
S O'Halloran, Blackheath May 2014
“I've recently passed my driving test first time after having three different instructors! Due to Neil's patience and encouragement lessons went from something I dreaded to something I actually enjoyed! He has helped me so much to become a confident driver!”
F Hey, Lee August 2014
“Thank you for all those wonderful driving lessons you gave me over the past year. Your friendly manner and your professionalism made my learning, in the earlier stages, stress free and after your attention to detail and constant guidance made me gain confidence and my joy of driving grew every day, but the best thing you have done for me is giving me first steps for a safe confident driving that for me and my son is the most important.
Thank you so much for your advice, your professionalism, your adaptability and for understands so well my needs and adapting to my learning patterns.
I will be recommending you as the 5 other friends who recommended me your services.”
A Meza-Mayhew, Chislehurst May 2014
“I would recommend Neil to anyone as a driving instructor. He is fantastic. He is incredibly patient and kind, explains and demonstrates driving technique very well and tailors each lesson to your skills and level of confidence. Neil's experience always shows through and he is absolutely unflappable - he's also always good company! I found myself really looking forward to my driving lessons each week, and will miss them now that I've passed (first time!).”
P Arber, New Eltham March 2014
“I believe that Neil is one of the best driving instructors out there! I should know I have had four previous instructors before Neil. I was beginning to think there was something wrong with me, as I had to keep changing instructors. Neil helped me get confident again and to really understand how to drive a car! He gives 100% or more to teaching. He is a patient, extremely knowledgeable teacher. If you really want to be a skilled driver and feel confident at what you do then pick Neil. A lot of the skills he was teaching me was at advanced level driving. I feel very grateful for Neil getting me through my test. I passed, yay!”
Lizzie Thomas. Greenwich. April 2014
“Neil is a fantastic teacher and I could not recommend him more highly. He is patient, thorough, and will make sure you not only pass your test but learn really good driving habits to last you a lifetime. He is also great company - a really important quality in a driving instructor given that you spend hours on end with them! Absolutely delighted with my first-time pass, and will recommend the Charlton Driving School to everyone I know.”
K Lee, Waterloo September 2013
“When I rang Neil to book an initial lesson I was feeling quite despondent about my ability to ever pass the driving test. I had taken, and failed, two driving tests previously and had had three different driving instructors. I was finding it very difficult to find an instructor that I clicked with. My previous instructors seemed either too laid back and I felt I wasn't learning and progressing. Alternatively they were rather pedantic and particular and I was left feeling anxious and flustered. So I googled 'experienced' and 'patient' driving instructor and Neil's driving school was at the top of the list. I knew I had found the right driving instructor in my very first lesson. Neil is indeed experienced and patient but he also challenged me when I needed to push myself a little. Simultaneously he maintained a relaxed and fun atmosphere and I found I was actually enjoying my driving lessons! I felt confident and prepared when it came time for me to attempt my third driving test.. and I passed! I would recommend Neil to anyone who is a nervous or demoralised learner driver. Thanks to him I am now finally mobile and transporting two small children from A to B is so much easier!”
E Atkinson from Kidbrooke 2013
“Neil is a fantastic instructor, I would recommend him to anyone learning to drive. He’s very patient and uses a variety of teaching methods which keeps it interesting. As all good instructors he made sure that I focused on the areas that I needed the most work on. He’s reliable, uses a great car to learn in and most important of all he is a fun, chilled out guy. I really enjoyed my time learning with him and I ended up passing without any faults - that is definitely thanks to Neil’s hardwork.”
P Hopkins, Lee Green April 2013
“I came to driving later in life therefore I chose my driving instructor very carefully. I read the testimonials of several instructors and Charlton Driving School stood out the most. I also spoke to other people who had used them and their positive comments influenced my decision. As a teacher, I understand the fine line between challenging students and stressing them; thankfully so does Neil. He made me feel confident and in control very early in my driving. Furthermore, Charlton Driving School's friendly and flexible meant I was easily able to accomodate my learning into a fairly hectic schedule. Neil is a great guy and a brilliant instructor; highly recommend for drivers' of all ages and abilities. ”
C Foxall, Eltham
“I would thoroughly recommend Neil. He was always punctual, reliable and professional, and his instruction was first class. He develops the skills you will need not only to pass the exam, but also to be a safe, considerate and confident driver in the years to come. I was terrified of London roads when I first stepped into his car, and he was always constructive and patient, progressing at a rate that was perfect for me. I could not have passed my exam first time with only two minors without him. Most importantly, he is a great guy, and I always enjoyed my lessons!”
S Brown, Hither Green. 2012
“I can strongly recommend Charlton Driving School. The lessons were not only fun but also very informative. Neil teaches you how to be a confident and considerate driver, not just how to pass your test. I am a keen cyclist and he would relate my past experience to everyday driving. Even my partner (who has had his licence for years) would learn lots of new and interesting facts from my post lesson rambles. I can drive confidently despite the best efforts of my two screaming children in the back.”
Dr E Beranova, Chislehurst. 2011
“I thoroughly enjoyed my driving lessons with Neil. The relaxed, flexible structure of the lessons allowed me to focus on the areas which needed more practice, without feeling I was falling behind. As a particularly nervous learner, Neil's calm manner and quiet confidence helped me to relax and gain the confidence I lacked very quickly. The whole learning experience for me was very positive - topped off with a pass first time! Thank you Neil.”
S Hobin, Bromley. 2010