Donna Colwell

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About Donna

Donna is originally from Lewes and moved away to support her husband whilst he was serving in the forces. After living in Oxfordshire and Germany, Donna and her family have been settled in Newhaven since 2007.  Her passion is now as a driving instructor in Newhaven and the surrounding areas, providing manual lessons to pupils of all standards.  She thrives on seeing people grow in confidence behind the wheel and uses a calm and compassionate manner to achieve this.

Special Educational Needs

Donna has always enjoyed driving and the freedom which this gives her.  She now relishes the challenge of new, nervous drivers of all ages and enjoys bringing the best out of them. Donna is able to understand how the pupil and work out their individual learning styles.  This is due to her previous experience of working with special educational needs, including Dyslexia, Asperger and ADHD.

Through her personable instructional manner and knowledge she is keen to help students pass first time and become the best driver they can be.  She especially enjoys driving on the continent as she has spent 8 years living in Germany. Her ambition has always been to combine her experience within children’s education and her enthusiasm for driving.

Areas Covered

  • Alfriston
  • Kingston
  • Lewes
  • Newhaven
  • Peacehaven
  • Ringmer
  • Saltdean
  • Seaford

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Donna's most recent testimonials - Leave a review!

Passed my driving test 2nd time today. I couldn’t thank Donna Colwell enough. I definitely couldn’t have done it without her. She has patience of a saint teaching me how to drive as I was always a bag of nerves but she helped me through all of that. She is such an amazing instructor. So thank you so much for all your help and support.

Samantha from Newhaven, 7th November 2018

Instructor: Donna Colwell

When I first came to Donna for lessons I was really scared of driving, after a small car accident when I was younger. Throughout our lessons she has helped build my confidence, teaching me in a really calm and gentle manner. She is constructive with her feedback, helping you with what you need to work on whilst never making you feel disheartened. I would highly recommend Donna as an instructor, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her! I will miss our lessons together.

Emily from Brighton, 17th October 2018

Instructor: Donna Colwell

Donna has got this instructor business down to a tee. She works amazingly and gives you the time (and patience) to get you through all the nerves and doubts that you may have. The lessons are just like Donna; relaxed, fun and bubbly.
I’m so thankful for having Donna help me achieve my license and I will be recommending this lovely lady to anyone wanting to drive.

Nick Winnett from Denton, 3rd July 2018

Instructor: Donna Colwell

I passed my driving test today thanks to Donna!. She was extremely patient and understanding as I suffered really bad with nerves. She made learning to drive fun with her very bubbly personality. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!.
Thank you so much Donna!.

Shannon Moore from Newhaven, 11th June 2018

Instructor: Donna Colwell

I would like to start off by saying how grateful I am to my instrutor Donna. After many failed attempts with other instructors and driving schools, Donna made me feel comfortable and confident within my lessons. If it wasn’t for Donna I would have never passed my test first time. I will definitely be recommending her as an instructor and YES! as a driving school. Many thanks Adam.

Adam Baxter from Newhaven, 30th May 2018

Instructor: Donna Colwell

When I joined Yes! I had only 12 hours previous driving experience. It seems that 12 hours is a long enough time to pick up bad driving habits but Donna showed me the correct, safe way to drive unlike my previous instructor. This led me to pass first time! Thanks Donna!

James Ward from Brighton , 20th November 2017

Instructor: Donna Colwell

I want to say a huge thank you to Donna, she’s an amazing driving instructor. I passed first time and I have had a lot of driving instructor before her and I can honestly say she is the best instructor I have had. I felt comfortable, relaxed i felt confidence behind the wheel which I never had done before. Not only did I pass first time with Donna so did my husband. She wants you to pass and she is so happy for you too. Thank you so much Donna! You truly are a wonderful lady! 😊

Amanda Jacobs from Brighton, 9th November 2017

Instructor: Donna Colwell

I have really enjoyed working with Donna over the last few months,

Donna’s ability to encourage confidence and bring out the best in you is second to none. She has made our lessons together alot of fun and I will miss our weekly drive. Not being able to drive had become a big obstical in my life and Donna enabled me to conquer it first time.

I was a bag of nevers on my test day but she helped me keep calm and I passed first time, thank you so much for all your help!
Can’t recommend highly enough.

Jake Finnigan from Lewes, 30th October 2017

Instructor: Donna Colwell

Thanks to the great instructor that is Donna Colwell i managed to pass my practical driving test first attempt today.
I had never driven a car before I started my lessons and to this day have only done 36 hours driving, and that has all been with my instructor. She taught me everything I needed to know about driving and how to pass my test successfully.

Although she has only been teaching students how to drive for a short amount of time I can truly say that she is one of the best driving instructors around my local area and would advise her to anyone who is thinking about learning to drive.

Braydon Clark from Seaford, East Sussex , 22nd August 2017

Instructor: Donna Colwell

Hi everyone my name is kayleigh. I passed my test on the 3rd of August thanks to Donna Colwell and Bubbles the car 🙂
I had a different driving instructor first who I drove with for over a year. I did my first test with my old driving instructor and failed I was getting sworn and shouted at. Coz I suffer really badly with anxiety.i changed driving instructors and found Donna I’m so glad I did and wish I started with Donna from the start. My first lesson with Donna I was so scared but because of she was so calm and relaxed, it made me feel at ease. I had 2 hour she with Donna and over all we had 5 lesson in that time Donna taught me things I didn’t even know. And now I have passed my test thanks to Donna such an amazing driving instructor she made all my fears go away. Now I can take my little boys out for the day. Good luck to anyone in the future that goes with yes drive thank you so much again .from Kayleigh 🙂

Kayleigh childs from Seaford , 10th August 2017

Instructor: Donna Colwell

Hi all,I just passed my test first time with the amazing Donna…I’d had lessons with 2 other instructors prior to meeting donna,but donna taught me things in the first 2 hour lesson that i hadnt learned in 20 from the other guys!Donna is calm, patient,very friendly and makes you feel very at ease in the car.she has a great way of explaining things and breaking a subject down so its easy to understand and digest.I am truly thankful for meeting Donna and my only regret is that I didn’t meet her sooner!she is an absolutely amazing woman and a real treasure!!!i would (and will)recommend donna and yes driving school to anyone looking for a great driving experience.thank you so sooo so much Donna and yes driving school,you guys rock!!!Gavin x

Gavin jacobs from Brighton, 9th August 2017

Instructor: Donna Colwell

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