After moving to Dorset, Al chose YES! Driving School for his Driving Instructor Training and hasn’t looked back since. Al is a friendly and dedicated instructor with a calm, understanding manner and has a patient approach that helps put pupils at ease. He is keen to achieve and maintain the best standards as a driving instructor in Broadstone and the surrounding areas.
What makes the job so interesting for Al is that no two pupils are the same, and neither are their needs. His genuine curiosity for what his pupils are thinking and feeling, helps him to tailor his lessons and teaching styles to suit each pupil, finding the best way for them to learn. Al sees learning to drive as a partnership between pupil and instructor and encourages them to have an involvement in decision making as much as possible. As a driving instructor in Broadstone, he aims to create an atmosphere that allows pupils to achieve solid learning, but at the same time allows them to not worry about being judged when they do make mistakes.
Safe & Respectful Driving
Importantly, Al prides himself on being a safe and respectful driver. Passing these qualities on to his pupils lies at the heart of everything that he teaches. He firmly believes these are qualities that are essential to making a well-rounded, competent and responsible driver for life.
Life before and beyond
Originally from the Midlands, Al lived and worked for several years in London as a Graphic Designer where he enjoyed designing for companies ranging from international brands to local businesses. From this he gained valuable experience of how to work with and adapt to a wide range of people. He moved to Dorset in the mid 2010’s to find somewhere to put down long term roots. Having worked in the design industry for several years he decided he wanted a career t that was more fulfilling, and people orientated. Having always been passionate for all things motoring becoming a driving instructor was a perfect fit.
In his free time you can find him foraging deep in the forest or out on a long country walk – or if it’s raining he’s quite happy with one of his cats on his lap with a good film.
Alastair has completed and passed all of the qualifying tuition and tests so far and is now on a trainee licence aiming towards his final qualifying test. As such, many of his lessons will be monitored by our Director of Training, Pete Wilkinson.
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 and 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.
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.
Michelle has lived in Dorset most of her life, with a working background mostly in Engineering. However, she has a real passion for being a Driving Instructor. Additionally, as a female driving instructor in Blandford, her diary is always full.
Michelle qualified as a driving instructor decade ago after deciding to make a career move to something that really gives job satisfaction. She says that she doubts she will ever get bored of helping people achieve independence through driving. Her franchise with YES! Driving School enables Michelle to concentrate a bit more on family as well as keep my love for instructing.
Michelle has a small young family which keeps her on her toes; her working hours are within school hours reflecting this.
Michelle is known locally for her ability to instil confidence and to make learning an enjoyable experience. She has a knack for the psychology of learning which allows her to get the very best from her learners.
You can learn to drive in Blandford and Iwerne Minster with YES! Driving School! Our reliable, patient and friendly instructors cover all areas of Blandford and Iwerne Minster. With YES! you can have your driving lessons in Blandford or Iwerne Minster 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, or give us a call to talk to one of our friendly Blandford Driving Instructors on 0330 330 7717 or send us a text: 079 4940 1395
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, depending on the type of driving lesson you require. Our instructors will be happy to pick you up from home, school, work or any other place convenient for you.
Blandford Forum is a market town on the River Stour in Dorset. Blandford has a population of approximately 9000 and is the headquarters of the North Dorset District Council. It is also the home of Blandford Camp, a military base sited on the hills to the east, and Badger Brewery which supply to pubs and restaurants across the region.
Iwerne Minster is part of the Cranbourne chase and is home to Clayesmore School, a fee-paying boarding and day school which caters for all ages.
Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
I adored learning with Jeff and I genuinely miss having his witty chat in the passenger seat now that I’m on the road alone. Thanks to Jeff’s calm but firm...
I highly recommend Pete he has really helped me grow in confidence on the road and I have really enjoyed learning to drive with him. Couldn’t have asked for a...
Freedom and I recommend yes and Mark 💯 to anyone good training throughout thank you !!!!
10/10 instructor. Helped me pass 1st time while building up my confidence and giving helpful pointers on where to improve as i learnt. couldn’t have asked for a better instructor...
Jeff couldn’t of been a better instructor for me personally he made driving simple and fun and also helped me to pass! Without him honestly it wouldn’t have been possible...
Pete has been an amazing help to me. He has made lessons fun. Also he has helped build my confidence on the road as well as gain a comfortable style...
Brilliant instructor. 10/10 would recommend. Very calm and understanding talks you through any mistakes you make. Affordable and helped me pass first time!
Passed first time with Nigel in an automatic! He is a really patient and reliable instructor who made me feel comfortable and safe throughout the driving process. He helped me...
I cannot recommend Michelle enough! I started driving lessons again this year after giving up a few years ago with a previous instructor and was really anxious about driving. Michelle...
I learnt to drive with Michelle, Michelle was amazing and made driving lessons great as I felt at ease with her..very good driving instructor and highly recommend her to anyone...
Amazingly patient and very kind instructor got me through my driving test first time. Couldn’t thank you enough for you patience and time. ❤️
I just want to say a big thank you to Sue. I was very anxious about driving and she put me at Ease right from the start. I thought driving...
highly recomend pete. Pete was great and very helpfull. Enjoyed the time in the car and made learing to drive easy. thanks very much, Orson.
I started Learning with Mark as a key worker during Lockdown, Mark came out of his area to Blandford daily to give me lesson, he is great. I...
I would highly recommend taking lessons with Donna. She constantly pushed me to be the best driver I could and I passed first time. As quite a shy person, Donna...
As part of the Government’s Roadmap to Freedom, it is expected that driving lessons will resume on April 12th, with tests resuming on April 22nd.
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Those customers with access to private practice are encouraged to do so. As of Mar 29th, the guidance has changed and practice is no longer restricted to essential journeys only. You can practice at any time.
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