Cost and Pricing:
Many learner students and their parents assume that all Driving Schools and Driving Instructors are the same! After all, they are qualified and trained to prepare you to pass your driving test, aren’t they? Well this may not always be the case.
Instructors vary enormously in the way that they actually teach the driving syllabus and the quality of their teaching. They also vary in customer skills when it comes to their patience and friendliness. It is quite disturbing to know that around 30% of all learner drivers feel the need to change their driving instructor before reaching test standard because of incompatibility issues or the lack of student progress.
Many Instructors work as sole operators and have no requirement for ongoing training. In fact, many independent Instructors never take any further training from the day that they qualified. Very few Driving Schools monitor their driving instructor’s performance and provide ongoing training to ensure they keep up to date with modern teaching methods.
Ever since Richard qualified as a driving instructor, over fifteen years ago and started the Driving School, his approach has always been to provide outstanding value for money and customer service. As he started to grow the School, his main concern was how we could increase in size but still maintain his own standards
It was for this reason that we opened our own Instructor Training Academy. The only way that we would be able to guarantee that we only recruited the very best Instructors, was to teach and prepare them ourselves. All our Instructors now must come through our own Training Academy and take a very comprehensive 80-hour course and qualify before they can teach any of our learner students.
As you can probably appreciate, this comes at an enormous cost, but it is a cost that we feel is very worthy to protect our reputation and to ensure you receive the best quality tuition.
So how is this a benefit to you, the student? We operate a unique ALS (Accelerated Learning System) which as the name suggests, is in place to speed up your learning process and ensure you receive full value for your money. All our Instructors are trained on this system and we have quality control procedures in place that we take very seriously to monitor the standards of tuition you receive. You will be sent a feedback form through the post, so you are able to give a score for your instructor on their performance for all aspects of their interaction with you.
Your driving lessons will adhere to the DVSA’s recommended client centred policy and will be interactive so you will have a big input to how they are conducted. This policy eliminates many frustrations that students encounter, like spending large amounts of time parked at the kerbside and endless hours of aimless driving around with no firm lesson objective.
You can access full details of our unique ALS system by watching the main video on this page – ‘Save your time and your money by watching this video’.
Hopefully, I have been able to enlighten you as to why driving lesson prices vary enormously and explain why Driving Instructors are not all the same. Purchasing what appear to be ‘cheap’ lessons and a good deal is tempting, especially when on a tight budget, but like most things in life, there is often a hidden cost to cheap and that is quite often a much longer learning period, frustration at the lack of progress and the expense of a failed test and having to take further lessons.
We operate a very simple pricing policy:
Manual Lesson fees are £36 per hour with a minimum of two-hour lessons (£72)
Block Booking Discount when you purchase 10 Hours of -£20 (£340)
We suggest that if possible, you purchase a block of ten hours to benefit from the £20 discount. If for any reason you are not delighted with your instructor and your tuition, I will make a refund and any unused lessons purchased will also be refunded.
We operate a 48-hour pre-pay policy and lessons can be purchased by using any of the methods listed below. We do not take cash on the day of your lesson.
Card payment over the phone during the working week between 9am and 6pm
Orchard School of Motoring
Account Number – 25260524
Please use the name of the student taking lessons as the payment reference
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