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Welcome to 1st Academy Driving School

We have been teaching people to drive safely for over 16 years and have a first time pass rate of 80%.

We only use fully qualified driving instructors who are registered with the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency.


We provide professional and patient training in a calm environment. We are always positive in our communication with pupils. The car you will be driving is a Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost (see above picture).

Our courses are structured in line with DVSA recommendations and include satnav training. Motorway lessons are also available.

You will also receive a progress sheet and appointment card.

Our lesson fees are very competitive plus we offer discounts on block bookings.

We can pick you up from home, work, college or university and we cover the whole of Southampton and surrounding areas.

Coronavirus Update (6th July 2020)

Hello to all of our student learner drivers.

We are currently contacting everyone to arrange start dates for driving lessons.

We are introducing some new safety features for all lessons.

1. We will text you one/two days before your booked lesson to ask you to confirm that you have no coronovirus symptoms.

2. We will ensure that all touch points in the car are cleansed prior and after each lesson.

3. Contactless lesson payments are now the preferred method of payment. Simply bring your payment card with you.

4. We ask that you wear a suitable face mask.

5. We will bring hand sanitisers for your use before you enter the car.

6. We will do a contactless temperature check before you enter the car.