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1st Academy Driving School

9th July 2019

Rickie From Thornhill

I would just like to say thank you for doing such a great job as my instructor. It was so refreshing to have someone that showed confidence in my ability and reinforced positive efforts as well as providing honest and open feedback. A valuable part of our lessons were the times we took to evaluate where we were at and what to focus on moving forward. You were always honest and realistic about our progress and I was delighted to have passed first time with only 2 minors. Have already and will continue to recommend your services.

18th June 2019

Graciela From Portswood

A very patient teacher who is not afraid to be critical.

Able to adjust to my changing schedule which was always helpful. Always gave good and clear instructions. The pace of the lessons was never too slow or too fast.

Good conversation.

Thank you very much.

2nd July 2019

Brandon From Thornhill

Over the past eight months I have begun to feel more confident behind the wheel. I couldn’t be anymore thankful for the instructor I had that remained calm and relaxed. Gary was outstanding and was always a pleasure to learn to drive with. Our conversations always helped me to stay focused and keep my nerves down. Best instructor ever, would recommend to anyone who wants to learn to drive.

Thank you very much Gary.



Maya From Sholing

Hi Gary. I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done.

I have attempted to learn to drive on and off for 8 years.

By the time I booked my first lesson with Gary I had picked up some bad habits and was a nervous driver.

Over the months my confidence and skill improved massively with Gary teaching me. He helped me make realistics goals with my whole learner experience. He is such a personable person. He really puts you at ease, and so is really good when it comes to explaining maneouvres or mistakes made.

Because of Gary I passed first time with just 5 minors!

I coudn’t recommend Gary enough to any new or mature driver.

31st October 2019

Louis From Thornhill

Hi Gary. I would like to start off by saying thank you for everything you have done. It has been such an amazing time learning to drive with you, due to your amazing, calm and friendly personality.

Really I’m a little bit lost as what to say, but all I can say is I don’t think you could find a nicer genuine instructor than you.

Thank you for all you have done.

17th January 2020

Arshdeep From Bitterne Park

If anyone’s looking to learn to drive I’d recommend Gary first. I was a train wreck when it came to driving but somehow Gary got me to the point where I passed first time. The lessons were always very informative on where I’m at with my driving and he never got angry when I made mistakes. Overall just the best driving instructor going.

14th January 2020

Kev From Thornhill

Highly recomended...Very friendly, reliable, brilliant instructor. I passed first time so extremely pleased, Gary is a very honest bloke and was a pleasure to learn with. Thank you.

14th February 2020

Toni-Leigh From Bitterne

I would like to start off by saying thank you for everything you have done. You have been amazing Gary. You are one of the nicest and best driving instructors I could have asked for. I would recommend you to anyone. We have always had fun and laughs on our lessons and made me feel comfortable when learning. Going to miss our lessons. Thanks so much Gary!!