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 nearly 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.


Adam Cruddace Toyota Yaris The-Driving-Academy

Adam has been a driving instructor for over 5 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.


Mark smith The-Driving-Academy

Mark joined The-Driving-Academy in 2018 and is a popular instructor not only with his pupils but everyone in our team. Mark always has a smile on his face and offers fun and rewarding lessons. Mark has enabled us to grown The-Driving-Academy to cover Durham, Stanley, Consett, Chester-Le-Street and Birtley areas.


Peter Williams driving lessons

Peter is the latest ADI to join our growing team of instructors. Peter joined The-Driving-Academy in 2019 and has given us the opportunity to strengthen our very popular Under-17-Driving-Academy as well as grow our area of coverage to include Ferryhill, Newton Aycliffe and Darlington. Peter is a very experienced ADI and will benefit our team with his excellent people skills.