Tom enjoys the wide variety of different people he meets as a driving instructor in Christchurch and working with them to find the very best way for them to learn. He naturally puts his pupils at ease and he knows that learning works best when the pupil is happy and interested. For this reason, Tom encourages pupils to put the right mix of skills and topics into a lesson to keep it interesting throughout. Tom takes pride in adapting his lessons to the performance of the pupil on the day. He understands that pupils will learn some skills faster than others and continuously adjusts the pace of the lesson to suit them. He specially enjoys the point at the end of a lesson when a student can look back and see the improvements they have made.
Tom moved to the area from the Lake District more than 20 years ago, from a beautiful (but rainy) part of the country to another beautiful part of the country where it rains much less. He has spent much of that time working in large corporations which had strong focus on developing people skills. He often led training sessions both for groups and individuals. Tom is now experienced at using as many techniques as possible to transfer knowledge and skills. Combine that with his long held interest in motoring (but don’t expect him to be excited by anything made after 1980) and becoming a driving instructor in Christchurch was an obvious career choice.
His two kids have reached the age when they are still at home but never around, and are really looking forwards to free driving lessons! In his free time Tom really enjoys coaching the juniors at a local kayak club and exploring this lovely part of the country. He enjoys paddling his sea kayak along the Jurassic coast or peddling his bike around the new forest. He enjoys playing Bridge too.
Tom is currently a trainee driving instructor who has completed all necessary training. He is now gaining experience ready for the final qualifying exam. With this in mind, many of his lessons are monitored for training purposes by our Director of Training, Pete Wilkinson
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.
Malgorzata (Margaret) originally comes from Poland. In 2004 she came with her friend to Bournemouth for a short holiday. She fell in love with Dorset and decided to stay for little longer. 15 years later she’s still here and after 2 years of working as a female driving instructor in Bournemouth with a different company, she found the way to join the YES! Driving School family. After meeting with Ruedi and Pete, she believes that YES! Driving School is professional and very friendly.
Margaret qualified as a driving instructor in 2017. After working for many years in hotel industry where she was leading people at work and dealing with lots of issues, Margaret built a great understanding of how different and unique individuals are.
Becoming a female driving instructor in Bournemouth and helping people achieving goals has quickly become a passion for Margaret. She believes that by working together as a team with her pupils, they can build confidence, rationalise fears, and create an understanding of road safety. Margaret enjoys teaching life skills and making the lessons as much enjoyable as possible.
Margaret believes that patience is the key. Pupils need to manage their expectations and not put too much pressure on themselves. She achieves this by putting a sprinkling of fun into every lesson.
Teaching has become Margaret’s new passion in life and the only reason stopping her spending 7 days a week on the road is her two beautiful children. She loves to spend time playing with them, cycling, swimming and exploring new places. However, as a good mother she also makes sure that homework is done before the fun time.
This pleasure of teaching, like nothing before, brings joy and satisfaction to Margaret’s life; she doesn’t think that she will ever get bored. She has developed a hunger to get some more experience in different areas of driving.
Margaret loves to drive around looking for new challenges on the road so will always find you some new driving routes appropriate to you level of experience and ability.
Margaret is a professional, compassionate and diligent individual, so if you are looking for a hard working, funny and efficient instructor ask for Margaret.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As part of YES! Driving School’s mission to promote ‘Better Driving Starts Here’, Mark has reviewed and updated our trailer training course to better meet your flexible training needs.
Mark recently furthered his own skills by successfully achieving a Gold standard on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Advanced Driving Test. He is also now on the RoSPA Tutor List. He uses these advanced skills to make YES! Driving School the most up to date driving school in Dorset.
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.
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.
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. He recently cruised through his Standards Check with a superb Grade ‘A’.
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.
Driving Lessons in Bournemouth with YES! Driving School, be it in a manual, automatic car or trailer (B+E) lessons! Our reliable, patient and friendly instructors cover all areas of Bournemouth, including Winton, Charminster, Boscombe, Southbourne, Meyrick Park, Talbot Woods, Branksome, Queens Park, Kinson, Wallisdown and the surrounding area. With YES! you can have your driving lessons in Bournemouth with peace of mind knowing you are with a fully qualified, DVSA approved & DIA registered driving instructor. We welcome anxious and nervous pupils and our experienced instructors will transform you overtime into a safe and confident driver!
Book your lessons any time, 7days / week – you won’t be disappointed!
To book your driving course, please contact us by using the contact form to email us. Alternatively, give us a call to talk to one of our friendly Bournemouth Driving Instructors on 078 6225 9400
Your YES! Driving School standard rate lessons start from as little as £28/hour! You can visit the Prices page to get more information on pricing for all lesson types. Our instructors will be happy to pick you up from home, school, work or any other place convenient for you.
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town in the county of Dorset, England. The town has a population of 163,444 according to the 2001 Census. This makes it the largest settlement in Dorset, between Southampton and Plymouth. With Poole, Wimborne, Ferndown and Christchurch it forms the South East Dorset conurbation. This also makes Bournemouth and its surroundings the most versatile and exciting place to learn driving in the county of Dorset.
Bournemouth’s location on the south coast of England has made it a popular destination for tourists. The town is a regional centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre and financial companies that include Liverpool Victoria and PruHealth.
In a 2007 survey by First Direct Bank, Bournemouth was found to be the happiest place in Britain with 82% of people questioned saying they were happy with their life. Make it even happier by learning to drive with YES! Driving School :)!
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I am very happy with learning from Yes driving and Andy. I liked how Andy teaches and I learnt very quick from him and his techniques. I passed my test...
I’m grateful to Ruedi for helping me get my driver’s license on my first try. He was able to cover everything given the limited time before my practical test. Definitely...
Absolutely brilliant driving instructor Donna Colwell. Helped me pass first time no dfs. Would definitely recommend to friends and family
I had a driving lesson from mr Al , and big thankx to Mr. Al Bradford. during the lession I found him very friendly CALMand god behaviour, he is one...
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...
I would definitely recommend YES! Driving School. Al was incredibly patient and understanding. I wouldn’t have been able to pass without him!
I had a good experience working with Al. He really cares about helping his students achieve the right skills to pass the driving exam.
I was dealing with a tight deadline,...
I had a bad experience, a failed test, and a lot of driving anxiety with an instructor before being taught by Alun, and while the driving anxiety sometimes never went...
Jeff was a fantastic instructor. He was calm and reassuring, corrected mistakes in positive and constructive way and gave clear instructions. He also brought a lot of humour to lessons;...
I would like to say big thanks to Al. He is really helpful and knowlegedgeble instructor. He was explaining everything to ensure I was getting better at driving! I am...
Mark is amazing! I’ve had various instructors and he made me the most comfortable, had the most knowledge and was extremly calm when I had 0 confidence. I nearly gave...
Thank you Alan for being such an easy-going and knowledgable instructor! I always felt comfortable and in control, and you have taught me so much about how to drive post-test...
Highly recommend Yes driving school, Nigel was a great instructor always very calm, and explaining everything we we’re doing brilliantly. Can not thank him enough for helping me pass my...
Jeff was an amazing instructor, had some good laughs while learning. Jeff’s instructions were always really clear. Really gave me the confidence in my driving. I would recommend him to...
I was very nervous about learning to drive after a bad experience with a previous instructor. Andy appreciated that and took the time to make sure I was happy and...
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