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.


Andy has a wealth of experience as a driving instructor and really enjoys the daily challenge teaching different people brings. Andy has a fun approach to teaching and always has a smile on his face (Probably from laughing at his own jokes)


Darran has over 20 years of experience as a driving instructor and is highly regarded not only by his pupils but by other instructors. Darran was founder and chairman of Bishop Auckland Driving Instructors Association for over 13 years. Darran not only teaches people to to drive but also teaches people to become driving instructors.


Adam has been a driving instructor for over 10 years, he joined The-Driving-Academy in 2017 and enjoys everything cars! A Toyota nut and a passion for safe driving Adam is a great addition to our team.


Joanna joined The-Driving-Academy in 2022 and is a great addition to our team. Joanna worked for many years in a customer focused environment and she brings that experience into her lessons. Trained by our very own Darran Shaw gives Joanna a great start to her new career. Joanna passed all her 3 exams first time and that shows the dedication she put into her new career.


Peter joined The-Driving-Academy in 2023 and has given us the opportunity to cover a bigger area. Peter covers Durham, Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland. Peter is a very experienced ADI and will benefit our team with his excellent people skills. Peter has been an ADI for over 15 years and brings a great amount of experience to our team.


Ken joined The-Driving-Academy team in 2022 and has completed all his 3 parts of training with The-Driving-Academy trainer Darran Shaw. Ken has a very calming nature and has embraced his new career with some outstanding results in 2023. Now fully qualified we are sure Ken will establish himself as one of our top instructors.