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"I would highly recommend MJ Driving School if you want First Class instructors and service. My instructor was amazing - helped me gain confidence and made learning to drive feel easy. Thank you MJ for

a really great experience and helping me pass

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Lucy Taylor

"The best driving instructor any type of learner could ask for.....I very highly recommend MJ Driving School"

Chloe Brotherton

"Thanks for helping me pass my driving test first time MJ Driving School. Your great teaching methods made it really easy to learn, and fun too, plus you filled me with confidence right from the start! Thank you"

Lucy Campbell


"Before finding MJ Driving School I had several driving test attempts with several other driving schools - non seemed to be able to get me confident or have the skills needed to pass the test, never mind be a good driver!

 Following a course of lessons with MJ Driving School I easily passed the driving test with only 3 minor faults - and I didn't even feel nervous on test - it seemed so easy!

 The techniques MJ uses to train you are totally different and amazing compared to those of any other instructor and within a short period of time I totally 'got it' and found driving easy plus I felt really confident - hence passing my driving test easily!

I now feel very confident in driving and I know I have been trained properly - I simply couldn't have wished for a better driving instructor - wish I had met him years ago!!

 I am forever grateful!!"

 Meena Sanbhi, 

"MJ is a really great driving school! My instructor made me feel very comfortable and confident driving a car in any situation and i'm so pleased he got me to pass my driving test first time! I would highly recommend

MJ Driving School anyday!"

     Sophie Lister

"If you want to be a safe, confident and excellent driver, MJ Driving is most definitely your place! 

I would have no hesitation in recommending MJ Driving School to anyone who wants to be a great driver"

 Andy Roberts

"I've just had driving lessons with MJ Driving School - I have learnt how to drive properly and with confidence plus how to be relaxed and really enjoy driving! 

I am now so happy to have passed my driving test first time!!

 I can say, with total confidence, that MJ is the best driving school around and I would and will happily recommend them to anyone!

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"If you want to learn to drive properly and become a really good driver you should learn to drive with MJ Driving School - they really are the best, help you loads, and great fun too!

 Thanks for helping me pass my driving test easily "

 Kieran Smythe

"I would most definitely recommend MJ Driving School to anyone who wants a really good, highly qualified driving instructor who knows what they are doing!!

MJ taught and explained to me exactly how to drive a car correctly; he made it really easy and simple to understand, which allowed my confidence to build far more than ever before, and subsequently I am so happy that I have now passed my driving test on my first attempt!!

Thank you!"

 Rayniece Holding


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"MJ Driving School has simply been brilliant, right from the start to passing my driving test first time!

My instructor changed me from being a nervous learner driver with no confidence to a really good, confident and safe driver.

 I thoroughly enjoyed all the lessons and learning process and especially the end result of passing my test first time - I would highly recommend MJ Driving School to anyone"

 Ben Robertson

"I'm so happy to have passed my driving test First Time - Thanks to my MJ Driving Instructor- The Best Driving School, Ever! I would most definitely highly recommend MJ Driving School"

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What to look for when booking Driving Lessons in Leeds or

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What Makes a Good Driving Instructor?


Finding The Best Driving Instructor in Leeds


With more and more driving schools and instructors on the market it can be a difficult decision as to who to choose to learn to drive with.


When looking for driving lessons it may be tempting to just look at prices and search for the cheapest deal. This maybe not always the right way to decide: the old saying of 'you get what you pay for' springs to mind.


It has to be questioned as to how a driving instructor can actually provide a good service and 'proper' driving lessons by charging ridiculously low prices, such as £5 or £10 per lesson.


Some will get round these cheap prices by reducing the length of the lesson to say 30 or 40 minutes; or choose to park up / sit stationary for a long time to save fuel and wear and tear.


The cost of running a car, including insurance, road tax, fuel and maintenance plus income tax and any other normal expenses of running a small business the instructor will be very much out of pocket and making a loss if charging anything less than at least £18 per hour.


For an instructor to provide you with quality driving tuition, a good service, be reliable and able to concentrate effectively on your driving lessons and individual needs, plus run their business without having to worry about making a loss and running up debts then you realistically should be looking at paying anywhere between £20 and £26 per hour depending on several things like:


Is the driving instructor fully qualified or a trainee?


How much experience has the driving instructor?


What Grade has the DSA awarded the driving instructor? 


Does the driving instructor have any additional qualifications?



Qualified or Trainee?


There are currently around 43,100 fully qualified instructors in the UK.

Source: 'DSA May 2011'


There are also around 7,000 Trainee instructors on the road 


First thing to look for would be that your instructor is fully qualified and displays a green badge in the front windscreen.  


A trainee dispays a red triangle on a pink badge- if you choose a trainee ask the question are you getting the right training / instruction and should you receive a discount on your lesson fee?




Grade of Instructor


The DSA regularly checks and monitors all instructors to ensure they are teaching correctly and are providing the learner with value for money lessons - basically that the instructor is providing you with the right instruction and using the correct teaching and training techniques.


Out of the 43,100 fully qualified instructors in the UK only about 4% are the top Grade 6!


2,834 are Grade 6


15,768 are Grade 5


24,529 are Grade 4


Source: DSA May 2011


Below Grade 4 is substandard and are re inspected following training and development.


DSA describe the Gradings as follows:


Grade 6

Overall performance to a very high standard with no instructional weaknesses


Grade 5

 A good overall standard of instruction with some weaknesses in instructional technique


Grade 4

 A competent overall performance with some deficiencies in instruction


Grade 3

 An inadequate overall performance with some deficiencies in instruction


Grade 2

 A poor overall performance with numerous deficiencies in instruction


Grade 1

 Overall standard of instruction extremely poor or dangerous with incorrect or dangerous instruction





Normally speaking, as with most trades or skills, the more experience someone has generally results in more knowledge, a more efficient service and use of best practices and techniques. 


Considering that every single person is different it can take years of experience to establish best practice and techniques for each individual learner and also to be able to recognise the right signs from the learner / driver in order to match the best techniques to use.

Using the correct techniques and methods for an individual can shorten the amount of hours teaching and learning required, thus ultimately saving you money!





You can also determine whether an instructor is dedicated or serious about their job and service they provide if they have undertaken any additional training, development or qualifications to enhance their skills, such as Diploma in Driving Instruction, Diamond Advanced Driver (DIA) or Institute of Advanced (IAM), or even ROSPA qualifications. 



Hope you have found this information useful.



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Choose the Best Driving Instructor


When you book your driving lessons with MJ Driving School you can feel confident and relaxed about your choice.


M J Driving School is owned and run by Michael J Stanhope who is an extremely

experienced and highly qualified DSA Top Grade 6 / 'A' Grade driving instructor. With his extensive experience, qualifications, skills and knowledge Michael is often referred to as

'The Doctor of Driving'


The training you receive from us is the very best!



Using the combination of skills and techniques from years of experience and qualifications has resulted in an extremely high success rate, not just from easily passing a driving test, but also making confident and safe drivers; therefore the demand for this training has become exceptionally high.


Michael is leading a project to improve driver training techniques and methods nationally so everyone can benefit from having the best driver training plus become a naturally inutitive, safe and confident driver for life



Due to the high demand Michael has now passed on his skills and experience to a small team of elite driving instructors working with him under the name M J Driving School.


The instructors receive ongoing training and development to ensure you receive the very best in driver training and achieve the success you deserve.


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Qualifying as a driving instructor over 20 years ago I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience at all levels of driver training, teaching, and coaching. I have successfully trained hundreds of learner drivers to drive safely, confidently and of course pass their driving tests.


In addtion I have also successfully trained hundreds of driving instructors to qualify for the DSA exams and assisted them in creating a new career.


My proven driver training and coaching techniques will allow you to learn easier and often quicker, plus become a naturally instinctive and intuitive driver which will result in you feeling very confident at driving in any situation and of course be a safer driver.


As a Certified NLP Practitioner I use techniques that simply make it easier for you to learn, remember and become a naturally safe and confident driver. I also assist drivers who have become nervous, or have a fear or phobia with driving


Having studied people, the mind, driving and being a certified NLP Practitioner I work with many people who have driving phobia's, fears or anxieties and assist them to become happy, confident drivers again by using several techniques that 'alter' the drivers mind or thoguht patterns


I provide the best in training for new driving instructors and for qualified driving instructors requiring help for their standards check. For more information on training to become a driving instructor or for standards check training follow this link




I have always maintained an exceptionally high pass rate, both with learner drivers at driving test and driving instructors in their qualifying exams.




Top DSA Grade 6 / 'A' Grade DSA Approved Driving Instructor

I am one of the few driving instructors in the country to be awarded the Top Grade 6 / 'A' Grade

by the Driving Standards Agency.


Grade 6 is only ever achieved by the top 4% of instructors throughout the UK.


I have now been a Grade 6 driving instructor for several years which demonstrates a continuity of providing the best level of driving tuition - achieveing grade 6 on the last 3 inspections which in reality puts me in the top 1% of driver trainers in the UK


Choosing a grade 6 driving instructor provides you with the knowledge that you are getting the best value for money and the best driving tuition on all your driving lessons.


I have also gained the Diploma in Driving Instruction.


In addition I am a member of the Institute of Advacned Motorists (IAM) and a

DIA Diamond Advanced Driver.


As well as providing the best driving tuition, as a trained and Certified NLP Practitioner, my skills are further enhanced for gaining rapport with students and matching best communication and teaching techniques for each individual, therefore, ensuring the most effective, positive and progressive learning environment for your course of driving lessons.


Using a combination of driver training, coaching and NLP makes learning to drive very easy!


For many years I was one of the few Principal Officially Registered Driving Instructor Trainers in the country listed on the DSA ORDIT register.


I have also been involved in producing several of the driver training learning and teaching aids

and am currently working alongside some of the other top trainers and instructors in the country in developing and enhancing new driver training and coaching techniques in an effort to improve standards within the industry.


I also assist many new and existing driving schools and instructors in developing and improving

their teaching and training techniques as well as developing, managing or expanding their

driving school businesses.


Driving has and is a passion which is why I have always been involved with and enjoyed motor sports, such as rallying, motor racing and Formula 1.



Book your Driving Lessons with an Experienced, Highly Qualified, Top Grade 6 Driving Instructor that gets results.


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'The Doctor of Driving'

Michael J Stanhope

DSA ADI Grade 6 Approved Driving Instructor

DSA Grade 'A' Driving Instructor

BA(Hons) Business & Marketing

Diploma in Driving Instruction

DIA Diamond Advanced

Institute of Advanced Motorist

Certified NLP Practitioner