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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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Absolutely brilliant driving instructor Donna Colwell. Helped me pass first time no dfs. Would definitely recommend to friends and family
I would like to say a big thanks to Donna for helping me pass my driving test first time. Donna is a brilliant driving instructor and I would recommend her to anyone! She is calm, patient and guided me through the whole process providing excellent knowledge, skills and value for money! 10/10
Donna was a really great instructor, very patient and supportive with my nerves and gave me lots of good driving experience, would definitely recommend
Donna was great! It took a while to get use to driving after a massive break but Donna gave me faith and reasurrance I could do it.
The weeks up to test to I was asked what I wanted to do and practice as it was important to build my confidence in areas I lacked. Preparation upto test was key especially as my nerves definitely kicked in on the day. And every question I ask she was always able to help, which was a quite a lot.
With her amazing help and dedication, I passed first time! Honestly cannot thank you enough for what you’ve helped me achieve.
I most definitely recommend Donna to anyone I know starting their driving!
Donna was amazing! She made me feel totally at ease and gave me the confidence I needed to pass first time. I managed to pass my test with only six months of lessons thanks to Donna’s patience and amazing teaching methods. She’s now given me the skills I need to be on the road and be a confident and capable driver. I’d 100% recommend her to anyone looking for lessons. Thanks again you’re a star!
Donna is a great instructor! Made me feel comfortable right from the start! I have really enjoyed my experience learning to drive with Donna. She has been so supportive and such a fantastic teacher! Donna helped me build my confidence with driving which enabled me to pass first time with 2 minors. I couldn’t have done it without her, I appreciate all of the help Donna has given me and definitely recommend Yes! Driving school. Thankyou for everything Donna!
I passed first time with Donna who has been an amazing support. I have really enjoyed my experince learning to drive. Donna has encouraged me all the way through my learning, I’ve always felt calm and at ease during every lesson. I would recommend Yes! Driving School to anyone learning to drive. Thank you so much Donna!
Donna is Absolutely amazing! She created a fun and relaxed environment which really helped me learn. I feel she made sure I was confident and happy with all areas of my driving and the lessons were were always dedicated to my requirements. I will always recommend Donna. I couldn’t have passed without her!
First time pass! Donna was such an amazing instructor! So professional, really calmed my nerves and increased my confidence! She was always so patient with me and always made me laugh and feel at ease. I couldn’t recommend her enough!! Thank you so much Donna
Donna was such an amazing instructor! So professional, really calmed my nerves and increased my confidence! She was always so patient with me and always made me laugh and feel at ease. I couldn’t recommend her enough!! Thank you so much Donna
Passed first time with Donna! She’s been so supportive and calm through my driving lesson, I always felt confident and relaxed in the car with her, I would definitely recommend. Thank you!
First time pass with Donna. Such a great instructor who has been so calm and patient with me, would definitely recommend! Thank you 😊
Donna is a great teacher and has been really kind and patient with me. She has helped me gain confidence in my driving despite me being quite nervous and thanks to her teaching I passed my test first time. Couldn’t have done it without her support! Would definitely recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
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!
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! 😊
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.
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.
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 🙂
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
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We have driving instructors on standby who are happy to help with essential lessons, including at odd times and/or to arrange an intensive course.
Please note, during Alert Levels 3-5 practical driving tests are only available for key workers.
To do our little bit for key workers during this difficult time, our lessons are offered at a reduced rate of £25 per hour (key workers only).
For all other essential lessons, eg. where a refresher course etc. may make a dramatic difference to your household (such as, if losing mobility would seriously impact the life of you and your loved ones), our normal lesson prices apply.
Mouth coverings may be worn with agreement between instructor and learner. Your instructor will provide a hand sanitiser and you are encouraged to keep your window open or keep air circulation high.