Pete joined YES! Driving School when he moved to Dorset and chose YES! Driving School from many others. YES! Driving School made it easy for Pete to become a driving instructor in Blandford.
As part of his 22 years in the Army, Pete was an Instructor of various subjects for 21 years of this service. In this time, Pete realised that he had the ability to understand what makes an individual tick. Additionally, he learned how to get the best from each one. He now puts this ability together with the latest coaching techniques. This makes your learning experience an easy, stress free and fun time.
Pete believes that the Pupil should have a major say in their learning experience and any decisions made about the pace and direction of training should be a team effort. As a Trainer at heart, Pete is passionate about training. He takes great pleasure from seeing people progress in life and relishes in the excitement of Test Day. He has a great ability in putting his pupils at ease and giving a great sense of self-belief. This helps on Test Day and also in preparation for solo driving once the Pupil becomes a Full Licence Holder.
A strong knowledge of all test areas in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Salisbury ensures easy learning.
Always looking for self-improvement, Pete took the Advanced Driving Test assessed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and achieved a Gold Award, the highest standard awarded. He has since retested with the same result. Pete also went on to successfully complete the RoSPA Tutors Assessment. Pete aims to provide more than the basic levels as a Driving Instructor in Blandford and surrounding areas.
Pete also provides a structured programme of Instructor Training. If you’re interested in becoming a Driving Instructor, click here.
More recently, Pete completed his Standards Check with the DVSA and was Graded ‘A’, scoring the maximum score possible with 51/51. Top Result!
Ruedi is the founder of YES! Driving School. Originally from Austria, he permanently moved to the UK in 2002. He now resides and provides a quality service as a driving instructor in Wimborne, Dorset.
Ruedi is a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approved Grade A Driving Instructor and registered with the Driving Instructors Association (DIA). He is also a qualified Edexcel Lvl3 Assessor as well as holding a Fleet Training Qualification and NVQ 3 in Driving Instruction.
During his service with the Austrian Army and further work with the UN Military Police in Cyprus and the Middle East, Ruedi has acquired a range of skills and vehicle licences for Motorbike, Car, Articulated Truck & Trailer and Coach, both, with manual and automatic transmissions.
Ruedi loves working with people and passing on his knowledge. He also has experience in teaching windsurfing & dinghy sailing.
Being a patient and thorough tutor, he is happy to repeat his instructions until the manoeuvres are made to perfection. He puts his pupils at ease which is what makes his lessons enjoyable. Ruedi recommends the number of lessons one needs to pass the test and drive safely for life. He has been a driving instructor in Wimborne and the surrounding area for some time now. Ruedi has a comprehensive knowledge of the area and an in-depth knowledge of driving test routes around Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester. Most of Ruedi’s pupils have passed their tests at the first or second attempt.
Amy joined YES! Driving School when she moved to Hampshire and now lives in Ringwood. She chose to join YES! Driving School as a female manual driving instructor as they are a professional, client focused and very friendly bunch!
Amy passed her first two stages of becoming a driving instructor at the the age of 20yrs old. She trained for her ADI qualifying exam and passed when she turned 21yrs old, passing all her tests first time. 12yrs later Amy has gained a great deal of experience and has stayed up to the highest grade instructor – Grade A.
Amy has a relaxed yet client focused approach to her lessons. She aims to listen to her clients needs, make individual lesson plans and develops their skills to maintain steady progress in each lesson.
Amy has a very high pass rate and is passionate about her career as a driving instructor. She is continuously developing new skills and working on different strategies for her clients to get the most out of each lesson.
Chris has always been a fan of all things motoring, passing his own Learner Test at the earliest opportunity. He took his first Advanced Driving Test, assessed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), in 1996 and achieved a Gold Award, the highest standard awarded. He has maintained that same Gold Standard through 5 retests since
Chris decided to pass his enthusiasm for driving skills and road safety across to others and so started his driving instructor career in 2017. He undertook training with diligence and passed all the qualifying tests comfortably at the first attempt. Chris’s teaching style matches his character which is calm and relaxed with a few laughs thrown in for good measure. He has a great talent in building confidence in his pupils and explaining things in really simple terms.
Chris has been working as a sheet metal worker since 1997, bending metal into all shapes and sizes for various foundries and quarries. He has even been bending engine mounting plates to go onto the Airbus’s A330 and A340 since 1999. Chris also holds a counterbalance forklift license.
Away from anything motoring, Chris is also a keen photographer and bellringer and has been ringing for over 30 years. He also teaches the art of Bell Ringing.
Jeff has been an ADI since 2009. He started out part-time until he realised that he had a real flair for instruction. Jeff then left his job in insurance and became a full-time, professional and patient instructor in Bournemouth. He decided to join YES! Driving School because of the good reputation the company has and the high expectations they require from their instructors.
Jeff always enjoys driving and the challenges it can bring, which is why he enjoys sharing his skills. He understands the worries and concerns of some new drivers. He empathises with a pupil who has anxieties and low confidence for example. Jeff likes to make lessons fun and relaxed to build confidence with his pupils. If a pupil has a particular learning style or requirement, Jeff is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that these are met. Jeff comes across as a patient and professional personality who also loves to laugh. His main aim is to produce safe drivers who are prepared for life on the road.
During his free time he likes spending time walking his NINE dogs, relaxing with a film, and the occasional meal out with his wife.
Nigel has lived for most of his life in Poole and has very much enjoyed raising his family there. Prior to becoming a Driving Instructor in Poole, he gained a breadth of experience in coaching and working with a broad range of people. His previous experience covers a wide range of working environments. From this he has developed a knack in how to deal with a variety of people.
Nigel’s pupils enjoy his calm, developmental approach enabling them to progress from those first moments behind the wheel to passing their test and beyond. He tailors his approach to each individual, promoting and building confidence with safe and timely progress. This progress is controlled by the pupil with guidance from Nigel. A great sense of humour leads to a great atmosphere during lessons.
He is always enthusiastic to meet his students each day. Nigel enjoys life as a driving instructor in Poole and helping pupils in achieving their goal of passing their test. More importantly, he also nurtures the skills for them to be safe after test. He particularly enjoys sharing the delights of test day.
Away from the car, Nigel enjoys most sports and outdoor activities. He loves to disappear on camping trips into the Purbecks for walking in a peaceful and tranquil setting. He also delights in spending any spare time with family and friends.
Mark joined YES! Driving School in April 2017. He considered many other driving schools, then chose YES! as the stand out, professional and friendliest driving school in Dorset.
Mark served for 26 years in the Royal Marines and has served all around the world. During his time in the Royal Marines, Mark held various instructional positions. Aside from his military qualifications, he is an experienced instructor for Skiing, Rugby and Polo. A member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, he has also received driver training in a variety of different driving styles. These include Off-road, rallying, evasive driving and he has successfully completed the Police advanced driving course.
Mark takes a client centred approach to training. He believes that when a student understands the ‘How & Why’ and applies that during learning, progress and success can come quickly. Learning to drive can be daunting and Mark can still remember the first time he went 30mph. Therefore he ensures that all lessons are conducted in a relaxed no nonsense style, working together as a team to ensure lesson goals are achieved.
Mark has lived in Dorset for 26 years so will always find you some appropriate and challenging driving routes. This will advance your skills and develop your driving experience.
Mark is also involved in promoting YES! into the best driving school in Dorset by developing our Trailer Training course along with Steve.
Andy has been a driving instructor since 2004. He now specialises in automatic tuition and is passionate about client-centred learning. If gears and clutch are not right for you, for whatever reason, and you’re looking for an instructor who is very understanding and patient, then you are in the right place.
Andy will listen to what you want to get out of your driving. He will then help you achieve your goals in the ways that work best for you. Andy believe that everyone learns in their own ways, rather than the same approach for all. Having an interest in Coaching and Client Centred Learning, he qualified with a BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Driver Coaching. This way of learning puts you at the centre of what and how you learn. It will make you a safer driver, more able to make your own decisions after your test.
Andy has also successfully completed the Mobility Course with QEF. This has given him an in depth knowledge of adaptations and techniques to be used to enable people with a variety of disabilities to be successful at driving.
Before becoming an instructor Andy worked in the IT industry. During this time he enjoyed meeting and communicating with people at all levels. His work included running training courses and helping people solve problems and this experience has helped him greatly with Driver Training. Andy looks forward to meeting each and every pupil.
Alan joined YES! Driving School in November 2010, following a period of several years as an independent driving instructor. He had worked with two other driving schools in recent years. Alan moved from Banbury in 2005 and now lives in Bearwood with his wife and son. He now enjoys his passion as a driving instructor in Bearwood and surrounding areas.
Adult training has been a large part of Alans working life. He worked for many years for British Telecom as an installations engineer. Training and assisting adult trainee technicians accounted for much of Alan’s time with BT. Before leaving BT, Alan passed a selection board for the post of Training Officer at the BT training school at Bletchley Park, but the school was closed down before he could take up his post.
Moving into financial services as an insurance agent for a large British insurance company, Alan quickly moved up the rankings to Financial Consultant /Sales Manager. Training new trainee Financial Advisors to competent advisor status was a substantial part of Alan’s role.
Following a final career move into driver training, it is clear that Alan has become a popular and successful instructor. He enjoys a consistently high pass rate and many testimonials left on our web site. Alan also receives a constant flow of recommendations. Alan has a style of teaching which is relaxed and calm, and he specialises in very nervous pupils. He has a great sense of humour, which will help your learning experience to be as stress free as possible.
You will love your driving lessons with Alan.
Before moving to Dorset Susan lived and taught in South-West London. She now lives in Boscombe with her three children, her partner and a Dalmatian. Susan operates as a female automatic driving instructor. She covers the areas of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole – a wide area, because she can’t say “no”, when asked nicely.
Susan has also successfully completed the Mobility Course with QEF. This has given her an in depth knowledge of adaptations and techniques to be used to enable people with a variety of disabilities to be successful at driving.
Sues motoring career started when she marshalled at various motorbike events from club races to GPs. When occasionally asked if she’d ever get scared when teaching, Sue likes to reply that “nothing is as scary as a riderless motorbike hurtling towards you with only a straw bale (or another marshal) for protection!” In other words, Sue is still looking for the student who’d give her a challenge ;).
Apart from that, Sue loves teaching in Dorset as the roads are so varied compared to South London roads. Please ask for Sue if you want lessons that are fun and in a relaxed atmosphere.
After spending some time of his life outdoors gardening, Steve decided on a career change towards driver education 6 years ago. Always eager to improve, he now also provides trailer training throughout Dorset (B+E), in his powerful Volvo XC90. He also covers learner drivers in his Ford Fiesta.
Steve is very laid back and always willing to go the extra mile. This brings him into the odd Dorset Village. He also appreciates that some people are only free on a weekend. You might easily see him on the way to a lesson on a quiet Sunday morning. It is said that he just loves to teach but we are not entirely sure about his claim to do lessons on Christmas Day though – maybe if you ask him really nicely :)?
Steve is keen to see his pupils progress in a relaxed atmosphere. He likes to challenge his pupils but never pushing beyond their capabilities. Steve ensures that his pupils move on at a comfortable pace.
Whilst carrying out Trailer training, he will first assess your driving skills and advise you on any improvements. He will then move onto the Trailer training.
As you’d expect of a YES! Instructor, Steve is well educated, knows how to drive a train, holds a degree qualification, has taken his HGV licence and is often taking part in CPD, such as teaching learners with special needs etc.
Some say he resembles Bruce Willis, so here you go, can’t go much wrong! What do you think? Be nice though!
Rob began his driving instruction career in 2009 and established himself as an excellent manual instructor. In 2011 he decided to turn his hand as an Automatic Instructor in Bournemouth and he has continued his success with YES! Driving School.
In his previous careers Rob spent 10 years working as a stonemason restoring and conserving historic buildings around the UK. Attention to detail was an integral part of his work. This is a skill that he has continued to develop with pupils. He worked his way up the career ladder to become a site manager within the same field where he stayed for a further 4 years. Beyond this Rob worked in IT for 5 years as a systems analyst, monitoring worldwide computer systems for a large bank where once again attention to detail and fault analysis were key skills.
With an excellent pass rate you can be sure of first class training to a very high standard, coupled with the ability to put even the most nervous people at ease. “I tailor my lessons to suit each individual pupil and their specific needs. They could be a complete novice or a qualified driver looking for a refresher course. Or a newly qualified driver wanting to take some motorway training, I’m happy to help!”
Based in Throop, Rob is a fantastic automatic instructor in Bournemouth and all surrounding areas.
Rob has a passion for all things relating to cars and motoring. He may be what you would call a true petrolhead, and is always keen to help people become confident and most importantly safe drivers.
In his free time Rob enjoys a bit of DIY, playing guitar. He also enjoys walks with Jeff the Boxer dog, and growing and eating super hot chilli peppers. He is happy to share if that is to your taste. 🙂
Al Bradford has been an ADI since 2015. After teaching manual with another school for a year, he felt that he needed new opportunities. A conversation with Pete in the test centre led to Al joining YES! in 2016. More recently, Al has switched to providing automatic driving instructor in Bearwood.
Al spent the previous 11 years in the Royal Marines as a landing craft operator. At the same time he became an instructor which is where he discovered his talent for teaching. He also learned how to communicate well with others and stay calm under pressure so you can be assured of a relaxed atmosphere with Al. Combining his experience as an instructor in the military and his professional training as an ADI, Al can offer an enjoyable, fun experience whilst developing your skills behind the wheel in preparation for your driving test and beyond.
Al believes in a positive and, more importantly, patient approach but will encourage you to achieve success at your own pace. He will also ensure you have a say in the learning process so that your goals are met when you want them to be.
Al recently achieved an A grade in his standards check scoring 50/51 and can offer the pass plus course to anyone beyond their driving test.
Based in Bearwood, Al has a great first time pass rate and offers lessons in Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas.
When not teaching Al loves to spend time with his wife Claire and two children Jake and Emily, and has a passion for football, cricket and fishing.
We are confident that in Al you will find a patient, enthusiastic and fun instructor.
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.
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.
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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...
Sue is amazing, she has a lovely personality. Very patience and an excellent instructor. She knows her stuff. Thank you so much Sue.
Alan was amazing!!! 10000% recommend to everyone! I passed 1st time with him, he definately is the best driving instructor!
As a learner the best one could get is a patient and supportive instructor. Sue is one among those. She was utmost patient and calm throughout my lessons, explaining everything...
Amy was a fantastic instructor and adapted her teaching style to suit my learning from the very start, nurturing me out of my comfort zone early on. This was very...
Andy made learning to drive a relaxed experience which was needed for me with an anxiety disorder. He was really good at not putting so much pressure on the whole...
I passed 2nd time! – in no small way thanks to Andy – he’s got a gift for tuning into how you learn new skills as an individual...
I’VE PASSED! Just want to give a massive shout out to the living legend that is Pete Wilkinson! The man sure knows how to get the best out of his...
“I had been with previous driving instructors before I went with Mark, I am glad I switched as now I have finally passed my test. Mark helped me to fill...
I would highly recommend Nigel, He really helped me to improve my driving, explaining everything in a way that I understood and going back over things I was unsure about....
I couldn’t be more grateful to have had such an amazing instructor. It has been the best experience to drive with Andy and I will definitely recommend him to anyone...
I would like to thank Alan (Sir)
Amazing Driving instructor.
The man is an absolute legend. Could not have a better instructor.
I really enjoyed my lessons.
I would highly...
Al was a very good instructor. Helped me get over my fear of roundabouts which was my main problem. I am a better driver because of Al.
There are no words to describe how lucky I was to meet Mark. An amazing teacher and a true soul fixer.
I am 30 years old and I started my...
My instructor was amazing! Made me very comfortable and really helped with me driving. 100% recommend.