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What customers say

Meet the Team

Kev Goldthorpe

Hi I'm Kev Goldthorpe owner of Elite Driving school

I started Elite way back in 1990, and it's been my goal ever since to deliver the highest standards of driver training & customer satisfaction possible. We have a simple rule, and that is to put our customers First. My instructors will move mountains to give you their best service, and they will even book your tests for you.

Steve Hartley

Steve Hartley has been with Elite for 10 years and is one of our intensive driving course specialists

Hi I'm Steve Hartley, I've been instructing for 16 years mostly with Elite Driving School. I am an intensive driving course specialist and spent 6 years teaching the Army personnel to drive. When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my two girls', three if you include the wife! I also enjoy running especially on the Westwood in Beverley.

Customer reviews

I would just like say Thank you to Steve for being a brilliant, patient and great teacher. He guided me every step of the way to be able to pass my driving test. From day one Steve was welcoming and very easy to get along with and this made learning to drive something to look forward to in a busy week of work! I first heard about Elite driving school by searching through adverts on the internet, where i compared prices and pass rates. After looking at many choices Elite was the best around cheap, excellent pass rates and offered lessons around my schedule. I definitely chose the right company! When i passed my driving test, i knew that this wouldn't of been achievable without the excellent guidance of Steve, it was and will be a day to remember, and i will always be grateful to Steve!

I failed a test 2 years ago with a different company! This time around with Elite I learned so much more and felt much more confident going into my test! Steve told me yesterday to keep calm and he was 97% sure I was going to pass which I did with only 2 faults. Thanks so much Elite and Steve for getting me through my test!!!
From Sophie Thompson

Duncan Clubley

Duncan Clubley is head of our instructor training program

Hi I'm Duncan and have been teaching now for 20 short years. Away from my job I love anything to do with the outdoor life. I Look forward to welcoming you for your driving lessons very soon.

Customer reviews

Hey! I've passed my test now. I am so grateful to Duncan for seeing me through this and not giving up when I was about to. He is such a good teacher and breaks complicated things down really simply so that even I understand many thanks!!!
From Hannele Vaher-Ncue

Thanks for all of your hard work and patience at elite for helping me pass my test, particularly from Duncan. Can't thank you all enough! Will definitely be recommending you to family and friends.
From Aaron Franklin

Dennis Craven

Dennis Craven, aged 22 1/2 (x2), and has been an instructor with Elite for almost 5yrs

Hi I'm Dennis, I trained to be a driving instructor 5 years ago with Elite and liked the company so much I've been with them ever since. When I'm not instructing, most of my spare time (not a lot of!) is spent keeping my beautiful little girl Charly entertained. On the very rare occasion that I get some time to myself I love to take my motorbike for a spin up onto the Moors.

Customer reviews

I heard about elite driving school from my sister who had passed a few months earlier. So I booked a driving lesson on my 17th birthday and managed to pass in 21 lessons with only 2 minors. Dennis was really informative an explained things thoroughly, couldn't have asked for anyone better! Overall I was really impressed with Elite driving school and would recommend anyone and everyone!
From Ryan Foster

I really can't thank Dennis enough all the hard work he put into my lessons, & his patience when I bet he could have strangled me. Dennis is the best instructor ever and I will recommend him always. Thank you again Dennis you're top class.
From Sally Clavering

John McGonagle

John McGonagle has been with Elite for quite a good few years!

Hi I'm John McGonagle and I have been instructing for 15 years, 7 of those years I have spent working as an intensive driving course specialist with the British army. When not instructing I enjoy caravanning with the family and water sports.

Customer reviews

I had an excellent first driving experience with Elite driving school. My driving course was organised very well by Kev all done to my specific times, and my instructor John was fantastic. I learned everything I needed to in a short space of time and passed my test first time with no problems and very few minors. I can highly recommend John, he is patient, friendly & fun, but most importantly he is a great instructor. So happy thanks again elite and John,
from Lewis Dobson

Alan Hardy

Alan Hardy is part of the furniture at Elite!

I'm Alan. I have been a driving instructor with Elite for a little over 7 years. I always thought that the job satisfaction of being a driving instructor would come from seeing people pass their test. And true this is a great buzz for me (More of a buzz for the people who pass!) but there is a feeling of achievement when someone masters something they were finding difficult. It might be a particular type of junction or a manoeuvre but the look on their face is worth all the effort that I put into my job. I do this job because I like people, and I like seeing them achieve their goals. I revel in their success and feel their pain if things don't go well, which makes me even more determined to help them improve.

Customer reviews

Thank You, Alan it's been a laugh. Couldn't have done it without you. I really feel that you have taught me safe driving for life and I am most grateful. See you on the road.
Amy Brigham

I thought that because I had been riding motorcycles for many years and had been driving accompanied for some time there was little that I could learn from an instructor. However in the time I have been preparing for my test with Alan Hardy of Elite Driving School. I have been surprised by the knowledge and skills I have learned. I now approach driving in a more calm and relaxed way, feeling in control all of the time, which means I feel safer on the road, both in my car and on my Bike. And, of course, it goes without saying that I passed my test, first time.
From Tony Barker

James Foston

James Foston our top young gun instructor

Hi my name is James; I am 29 years old and have been an ADI for almost 5 years now and with Elite for about 3 years. I love driving and all forms of cars and superbikes and enjoy sharing this passion with the student drivers I teach. When I'm not working I am normally cleaning my car or watching motorsports as well as keeping fit.

Customer reviews

Learning to drive was such good fun, and I never thought I would pass first time, and only 3 minors. I would like to say a big thanks to James who got me there! Such a good instructor and a great guy, and thanks for being so calm which probably wasn't easy with me driving! Thanks again!
Jess Lonsdale

My driving instructor was James Foston, when I first started driving I wasn’t confident at all but after a few lessons with James he made me more confident and had lots of patience. I have now passed my driving test and would recommend him as he is an excellent instructor.
From Harriet cox

Passed my driving first time with no faults thanks to James Foston! He is a great instructor and really teaches you all you need to know, not just for your test but for the future. From what I know about driving instructors he has got to be one of the best. Thanks for everything James! Highly Recommended.
Ryan Petty, Thorngumbald

Paul Wright

Paul Wright has been with Elite for 1 year and is already a big part of the team

Hi I'm Paul, after several years in the forces, I felt ready for a new challenge working for myself appealed to me after a chat with driving instructor friend we realised that I had the ability and patients to teach and loved driving ! new career was born. I have been an instructor for six years and also learnt to drive a wide range of different vehicles in the military which enables me to bring a wide range of skills to my instruction. I pride myself in my ability to put pupils at ease with my calm and understanding teaching methods, all of my pupils are treated as individuals and I recognise that people learn at different rates. Away from the car I'm an avid Hull city fan and enjoy playing cricket and also like to follow Hull FC when time permits.

Mike Walker

Mike Walker is fairly new to Elite but comes with a brilliant reputation

Hi I'm Mike, I have been a Driving Instructor for 15 years. I enjoy cars so this job suits me down to the ground and I always aim for a 1st time pass. I enjoy sports especially football and I still referee most weekends.

Angus Parker

Angus Parker is a big hit with our customers

Hi my name is Angus Parker, I have been an ADI for nearly ten years and always look forward to meeting new pupils because of the satisfaction gained when they pass there test especially on first attempt (which happens very regularly). I also get great satisfaction seeing how a student grows in confidence over the weeks and how they too are amazed how quickly they can progress. I am a big believer in making lessons enjoyable and fun for the student, we all remember the enjoyable things in life and this helps in faster learning. Outside of work I have a passion for skiing with my family, I am more of an outdoor person you can often find me walking on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Customer reviews

Hi Angus, can't believe it's been a week since my test!! I just wanted to say thank you so much for what you did with me and I wish you well with your new car. I've recommend you to everyone I know and I've learnt today 2 of my friends are with you and going to be with you, I wish you well with them and all your other students.
Harry Searby

I would give Elite Driving School 10 out of 10 for their service it was spot on. Angus Parker my driving instructor was brilliant, he made me feel very relaxed and I felt confident with his advice. I'm very pleased after passing my driving test 1st time and I only got 2 minors. Thanks Elite & Angus I will definitely recommend you to all of my friends.
From Ryan Winter

James Godfrey

James Godfrey is new to Elite and was highly recommended by his peers!

Hi I'm James. I have been instructing since I was a young 22 years old. I am a massive fan of triathlon's and a keen football fan. I love teaching and meeting new people, and making sure they enjoy and get the best out of their learning with me.

Jeannette Pickering

Jeannette Pickering is our Local female driving instructor and covers West Hull and Beverley areas!

Hi I'm Jeannette, I became a qualified driving instructor in May 2010. Teaching in the Beverley Area and surrounding villages. I am a very patient person who is aware that each individual is unique and has different abilities, as a result of this, each lesson is tailor made for the needs of the pupil, helping them to achieve the ultimate goal of passing their test. This gives me a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I have given my best to the pupil, teaching a skill that they will have for life. When I am not behind the wheel! You will find me out in the fresh air walking with my husband Mike and dog Tally, gardening, growing vegetables, attending to the chickens, ducks and enjoying girlie days out with my daughter Vicki.

Jon Bell

Jon Bell is in his third year with Elite and loves the job

Hi my name is Jon Bell and I am a fully qualified Driving Instructor providing expert tuition to learner drivers and those who have passed their test and wish to improve their skills. I cover York and the surrounding area. My aim is to provide a fun, interesting, relaxed and enjoyable learning environment with a high standard of training and professionalism. All lessons and routes are individually tailored, which builds trust and confidence. I am passionate about road safety, and became an Approved Driving Instructor because I wanted a job with real satisfaction. There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a pupil pass their test for the first time. After 12 years working as a civil servant and being sat behind a desk it was time for a career change and it doesn't get much bigger than this. My car is now my new office and I'm loving it!

Customer reviews

I want to say a massive thank you to my driving instructor John Bell, for being the best instructor ever! I passed my test and couldn't have done it without his unfailing patience; support and brilliant instruction that made me feel comfortable and confident.
Thanks Karen Huskins

Jon was my second driving instructor. I had absolutely no confidence in driving but after just one lesson this changed dramatically. Instructions and tips given to me for driving and manoeuvres were clear and useful. When I made mistakes they were explained fully and the solution also given. However, this was also followed by positive feedback. Jon was always flexible with lesson times and his diary which helped me a huge amount because of work. He was always very enthusiastic about driving and I think it rubbed off on me because I was certainly not before. I am very grateful for all the advice given and time spent teaching me and I would recommend to anyone as I already have. Many thanks,
Emma Petch

Peter Allinson

Peter Allinson is one of our longest serving instructors and loved by all of his customers

Hi I'm Pete and I have been instructing for almost 15 years. I love the job, meeting new people, and sharing in their success especially when they pass their driving test.

Customer reviews

Hey pete, thanks a lot for all the help through passing my driving test, couldn't have done it without you! All the best for the future! Take care
from Cameron Stead

I PASSED FIRST TIME! I couldn't have done it without my instructor Pete. Before I started having driving lessons with Pete, I was so nervous about starting to drive but he gave me so much confidence and made me feel so comfortable! Pete was so patient with me, I don't know how he coped I could not have done it without him. Pete is a great instructor and I would recommend him to anybody! Thank you again Pete
From Marley Walker

Hi Pete, Thank you for getting me through my lessons and tests and for giving me the confidence I needed. You really put me at ease straight away and made me feel comfortable driving, I couldn't have asked for a better instructor; I would put your name forward for any of my friends wanting to do lessons, thanks again Pete.
Daniel Walker

John Burgess

John Burgess one of the nicest and funniest guys on the planet. John loves the job and his customers.

Hi I'm John Burgess, I trained to be a driving instructor with Elite a lot of years ago, and have been here ever since! I enjoy meeting and helping the young folk of Hull and Beverley to learn a life time skill of driving. I get just as much pleasure when they pass their driving test. I enjoy taking the dog for long walks, and you can often find me playing in a folk band in Beverley.

Customer reviews

Thanks for all you hard work and being an excellent driving instructor John. I've got insurance sorted and 'Sheila's Wheels' and am now officially on the road, so keep an eye out for me! Once again, thanks for getting me through the test! See you around.
From Elliot Hume

Thanks so much to John (Burgess)... a superb instructor with insight and humour. I enjoyed every lesson and cannot recommend John's excellent tuition highly enough. Drove to London and back two days after I passed, including paying a couple of hours' dues on the M1... scary stuff but great experience and quelled the M-way fear at the first possible opportunity. I needed to drive for work, and had previously had to turn down opportunities because I couldn't get there. Since I passed I have already been offered two new jobs, hurray! Thanks again John for all your help, See you on't road...
Carmel Cannon