The Driving Academy

The-Driving-Academy brings together some of the best local instructors who offer pupils driving lessons and intensive courses in Bishop Auckland and surrounding areas. All of our instructors are fully qualified and have a real enthusiasm for the job. We believe The-Driving-Academy is leading the way by using some of the best technology available. From iPads to dash cams we have teaching tools to make your lessons fun and interesting. All of our instructors have regular training to further develop their skills. We firmly believe that we can offer great driver training delivered at a competitive price.

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I passed my test today with 4 minors and couldn’t have done it without the help of Andy! I had a few previous instructors and Andy was by far the best I had. I enjoyed every lesson and was helped every step along the way! ”
– Yasmin McAleese

Highly recommend Andy! Very good instructor, got me through my test in 2 months! –
Reece Hopps
Absolutely brilliant. I passed with only 2 minors. He taught me the easy way of learning and got me to where I am today. I would recommend anyone to Andy. I was very upset to leave as I enjoyed every lesson, he made learning easy. Every lesson was a laugh and also made you feel at ease. Very patient to put up with me as well! I am grateful I got to learn with him. Thank you Andy you’ve been amazing and cannot thank you enough. 
Kimberly Jardine
I wouldn’t look an further than learning to drive with this guy. He is by far the best around. He made me feel at ease and every lesson was an enjoyable experience. Not only did he teach me to drive but feel i also made a friend. Thanks again Darran couldn’t of done it without you.
Lindsay Johnson
Great instructor and very patient with somebody who isn’t too confidant at driving. He is also very friendly and will help anyway he can to make your learning easier.
Donna Morton
Great instructor and great guy recommend completely to anyone who’s wanting to learn to drive
Andrew Bage

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About Us

The-Driving-Academy is a local driving school business based in Bishop Auckland. Andy McDonald and Darran Shaw who run the business have been graded by the DVSA as top grade driving instructors. Both Andy and Darran are involved with not only teaching new pupils but also training and developing the team of instructors. They are both very passionate about driver training and want their customers to feel valued. The aim is to provide a fun environment so the pupils feel relaxed and enjoy their learning experience. The-Driving-Academy offer a fresh style of teaching using iPads, dash cams, interactive theory website and of course, in car training that they believe is of a very high quality.

Contact Us

To contact us you can use our email, social media links below or pick up the phone and call Andy 07900 807197 or Darran 07966 234714