Testimonials

Testimonials from some of my past pupils

Chloe LangfordChloe Langford
Passed 1st Time
Jackie is a remarkable teacher with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Since driving with Jackie she has always taken the time to find out how I learn and what works best for me in order to adapt lessons to suit me. Jackie is patient, friendly and supportive and a naturally gifted teacher. The online resources and LDC workbook were very informative and helpful for both theory and practical tests. It has been an absolute pleasure learning with Jackie and she helped me to pass first time and become confident in my driving. Jackie is excellent at what she does and I am sure she will help many other learners become competent and confident drivers.

Lucy AlbuquerqueLucy Albuquerque
Passed 1st Time
Jackie is an amazing instructor! She was always supportive and I always felt comfortable in her lessons. She makes each and every lesson enjoyable. The materials that were provided by her made the process of learning to drive easier to understand and put into practice.

Isaac OyarzabalIsaac Oyarzabal
Passed 1st Time
Jackie was extremely helpful and informative during lessons and if there was anything I struggled with she quickly offered alternatives to help me progress. In addition, the LDC workbook was very useful for going back through anything covered in lessons and especially useful for information about the practical test.

Jenny Gaitskell
Refresher lessons got me back on the road
Jackie is a brilliant instructor, an amazing coach, and lessons with her are such fun too! In our first hour, Jackie got me from horrible anxiety about driving to excitement for the next lesson. Jackie explains everything so clearly, with infectious enthusiasm. Her teaching and encouragement have rebuilt my skills and confidence, so that after years of not driving I'm back on the road. I wholeheartedly recommend taking driving lessons with Jackie.

Caleb ScottCaleb Scott
Passed 1st Time
Overall I am pleased with my experience of learning to drive with Jackie. I had set a goal to pass before my A-Level exams and my instructor made this easy. The lessons were well structured and enjoyable. We reviewed learning at the end of each lesson which was really helpful in showing me what I needed to improve on.

Elliott CollictElliott Collict
Passed 1st Time
My instructor Jackie was very good and always calm and good at explaining everything I needed to know. The LDC workbook was very helpful, especially when revising the 'Show Me Tell Me' questions. I had already passed my theory test when I started lessons with Jackie so didn't use any of the online resources. I would highly recommend my instructor to anyone.

Nathan HarrisNathan Harris
Passed 1st Time
Jackie is an amazing instructor as she is patient, explains things clearly and knows how to make you feel confident on the road. I always came away from lessons feeling my driving was progressing and never felt out of my depth when learning new skills and manoeuvres. Jackie's use of diagrams and maps was also extremely helpful when negotiating roundabouts and less well known areas. The LDC system works very well and I liked the way the driving skills book had lots of tips and diagrams to assist with learning. The online resources to help with theory test preparation were also very helpful. I am so glad I had Jackie as my instructor and am extremely grateful to her for helping me achieve a first time pass. Thank you Jackie!

Rika HandayaniRika Handayani
Supportive and patient instructor
Jackie has been fantastic from the beginning until the test day. She gave me the LDC workbook which was really helpful and also the online theory test practice for theory test preparation. During our lessons she gave me the push I needed to pass the practical test. Thanks to her support and patience, I have got my confidence on the road again. Such a warm, friendly and informative instructor! Would highly recommend to anyone.

Abigail CoxAbigail Cox
Passed 1st Time
I would highly recommend Jackie for anyone who is looking for a patient, caring and kind driving instructor. Despite many changes in plans (two lockdowns and an abrupt move to uni), Jackie was always accommodating and constantly had my best interests at heart. Not only did she help find solutions to these changes, but she also supported me along the way. My lessons have been really fun, and I will miss our catch ups each week! Jackie, along with LDC's program, helped me to feel prepared to do both my theory and practical test and really improved my confidence in myself and my driving. Every week I knew I was entering into a safe environment, where I was allowed to thrive, make mistakes and learn from them. Jackie always had time to answer my constant lists of questions and would always ensure I understood the answers before moving on. Thank you for all your help!

Isaac ScottIsaac Scott
Passed 1st Time
My driving experience with Jackie was an experience I won't forget. In our lessons manoeuvres and procedures were excellently explained. Jackie as an instructor is really easy to talk to and get along with, which made the whole experience much easier and more memorable. I'm glad I chose Jackie Hewess and LDC to learn how to drive and pass my test.

Jessica FrisbyJessica Frisby
Passed on 2nd attempt
Jackie really does go the extra mile for her students. She has been a brilliant, patient, flexible and supportive instructor from the stalling starts to the joyous pass! I highly recommend Jackie as a driving instructor. I think we struck gold finding her. The additional online resources that Jackie provided helped my daughter quickly through her theory test. The handbook gave us insight to the structure of the lessons. Knowing what was coming next helped us know what to work on when practising between lessons too. Saying that, if there was something Jess wanted to go over again, Jackie was more than willing to help. Friendly, reliable and punctual too. Have recommended Jackie to friends and already put my other daughter's name down for later on this year!

Archie BlaberArchie Blaber
Passed 1st Time
I'm so pleased I passed my test first time and I couldn't have done it without Jackie's help, patience and attention to detail. Jackie made the whole learning experience very enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone. Thanks Jackie!

Sid SymondsSid Symonds
Passed 1st Time
Jackie is incredibly flexible in adapting methods to suit specific learning styles which enabled me to learn, practise and apply skills. She is perceptive to emotional wellbeing and behavioural responses during lessons and will always discuss and put any struggles into a context, for further discussion and for ways forward. Jackie encouraged me to use my LD workbook, watch videos and gave consistent feedback which supported best methods to support my dyslexia. In preparation for my test, I also watched LD You Tube videos of other people taking their tests, in order to gain a greater insight into the whole experience. Jackie has an amazing sense of humour which really supported building a positive relationship and enabled me to make significant progress; this has been fundamental to me being able to pass my driving test and I am really grateful for her time and patience.

Katie AllenKatie Allen
Patient instructor
I couldn't recommend Jackie enough. After a long break from driving she helped me feel comfortable driving again and confident enough to pass my test. She's a great instructor if you're nervous or worried about driving. The LDC workbook and online portal were also really helpful in preparing for the theory test and lessons. Very grateful for Jackie's patience and encouragement, I wouldn't have passed without her!

Georgia CollinghamGeorgia Collingham
Passed on 2nd attempt
My driving lesson experience was fantastic from the get go. Jackie instantly made me feel at ease and massively helped with my confidence. Jackie builds a positive relationship with you so there is no pressure when in the lesson, only support. Although I didn't pass my first test, Jackie kept my motivation up which led to me doing my second test with ease and inevitably passing with a low number of minors. Jackie is very patient and supportive which is key when needing an instructor. The LDC theory test preparation was a life-saver. It really helped me pass. What was especially helpful was that Jackie could see my results and therefore help me in the areas I was struggling with. I would and will recommend Jackie to everyone that needs an instructor.

Lilly KnightLilly Knight
Passed 1st Time
I can honestly say that Jackie has hands-down been the best instructor I could ask for. Her style of teaching is great and her patience is admirable! I had a different instructor 6 years before, but did not make much progress due to the disjointed teaching style and not have the opportunity to reflect on what I had learnt. With Jackie and the LDC curriculum, I learned everything I needed in a systematic and progressive way and had the opportunity to ask many questions (and Jackie would always have time for my countless queries). Jackie has made me actually begin to enjoy driving and has given me the confidence to go on and continue driving. 10/10, 5 stars. Thank you for everything Jackie!

Lois BrewerLois Brewer
Passed on 2nd attempt
Jackie is a great instructor who is always patient and lets you pick your own pace whilst learning. I never felt pressured or worried as I got to choose what I personally wanted to work on each lesson. Always friendly and up for a chat, which always put me at ease. The LD system online and the workbook was also super helpful, especially for the theory test. Would highly recommend!!

James WardJames Ward
Passed 1st Time
My instructor was friendly and easy to understand. She had a calm approach towards our lessons. Jackie gave good, clear instructions and explanations that I could follow. The LD workbook was helpful and gave me a lot of information on what the examiners were looking for such as 'show me tell me' questions and lots more. Jackie would also tell me what to practise so I could work on my skills between our lessons.

Honey Overs-PearsonHoney Overs-Pearson
Passed 1st Time
I couldn't have chosen a better instructor than Jackie. She was extremely helpful and calm which helped me feel more relaxed when learning. She also kept me updated and was very helpful throughout the lockdowns. Jackie was a brilliant instructor and I will definitely recommend her to friends. I think she gave me enough confidence to pass first time! The student-centred LD system is a useful resource. It definitely helped me pass both my theory and practical driving tests.

Joshua WheelerJoshua Wheeler
Passed 1st Time
I can't recommend Jackie enough. I've had experiences of instructors that have put me off continuing my learning, I wish I had gone to Jackie sooner! Professionalism and patience are at the core of her teaching, which doesn't just aim to get you through the test but make you a confident and safe driver. Our lessons were interrupted by three lockdowns and despite a break of over 6 months in the car Jackie knew exactly how to analyse what needed more work and give advice which enabled me pass first time.

Rachel O'ReillyRachel O'Reilly
Passed 1st Time
I was a very reluctant and anxious late starter to driving due to bad previous experiences, but starting with Jackie at 34 years old couldn't have gone better. Jackie put me at ease straight away with her calm approach. She gradually pushed me further, building up my confidence. The LDC book and online resources were great for helping with the theory and practical tests, and perfect for reading in between lessons. If it hadn't have been for Jackie, I'm not sure I would have continued and now passed the practical driving test. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jackie and LDC. I'm looking forward to booking Pass Plus in the new year. Thank you Jackie!

Tessa PugsleyTessa Pugsley
Passed 1st Time
Jackie helped me overcome all my driving issues and pass first time! She is patient, clear and always kind. Jackie offers positive feedback, tackling problems without ruining your confidence. I had a lot of problems with understanding the basics of driving and Jackie painstakingly went over and over things with me until I finally had my light bulb moment! That combined with the LDC handbook and Jackie's print-outs of roundabouts etc helped me visualise certain manoeuvres I found tricky, roundabouts and so on. I don't think I would have passed my theory without the handbook and online tests. I highly, highly recommend Jackie.

Rosie PeapellRosie Peapell
Passed 1st Time in own car
My instructor was brilliant and I had a great experience learning to drive. All the resources provided were very informative and helped me progress through my theory and practical tests with ease. I will definitely be recommending LDC to anyone wanting to learn to drive. Many thanks to Jackie for all her help and support.

Lian BakerLian Baker
Student centred approach
Learning to drive with Jackie has been a delight. Her background in teaching makes her one of a kind in her ability to teach concepts clearly, adapt to your nerves and anxieties, and create a clear and structured plan to a successful pass. Throughout my time learning to drive, Jackie has been incredibly calm, accommodating, and understanding. She has always made our lessons feel positive and has kept me feeling motivated. The student centred approach is fantastic at building your confidence and judgement skills, which will be of great benefit to independent driving in the future. I will miss our weekly lessons together, but am so pleased I have passed! Thank you Jackie!

Saskia Lambert-RussellSaskia Lambert-Russell
Passed on 2nd attempt
I really enjoyed my driving lessons with Jackie, I felt very comfortable with her and confident. I never felt pressured to do anything I didn’t feel I was confident enough to do and I have recommended her to everyone that’s asked. I also found the LDC workbook and online system really helpful to help me pass my theory first time, and my practical test second time. I used the book to read through if I’d forgotten some information and actually read it on the morning of my test!

Amanda GregersenAmanda Gregersen
Passed 1st Time
I highly recommend Jackie as a driving instructor - I am so grateful that with her ongoing support I have managed to secure a first time pass on my driving test as well as learning many useful driving skills that I will always remember for the future! It's been an absolute pleasure and I could not recommend LDC/Jackie enough for all her patience and hard work. Thank you so much!

Helen Albea
Refresher lessons
I did a refresher course with Jackie and really enjoyed all of our lessons together. I am a nervous driver and Jackie was very patient and understanding. She adapted each lesson to build my confidence in any areas I was unsure of and her friendly, calm manner put me at ease. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn to drive or to improve their skills and confidence.

Chloe HookChloe Hook
Passed 1st time.
Jackie was very friendly and easy to get on with, her calmness allowed me to relax and focus when driving. I found the LDC textbook useful when preparing for my test. I would recommend Jackie to anyone who is thinking of learning.

Brendan HarrisBrendan Harris
Passed 1st time.
Jackie is a really good instructor as she's patient, calm, friendly and tells you what you need to do clearly. I felt completely at ease in lessons and always looked forward to them. The LDC theory preparation is very useful as it has lots of resources for you to use and shows you what the actual theory test will be like. The mock tests are particularly useful because they show you what you must study if you get questions wrong. I think the LD system is very good as it clearly shows you the different areas of driving skills and the targets show you what is involved in the different manoeuvres and types of driving. The instructions are very clear and tell you how to complete tasks eg: Getting Moving and Parallel Parking etc. Thank you Jackie!

Jade BurchJade Burch
Passed 1st time.
Considering my previous experiences of learning to drive and the fact that I hadn't had much luck with another instructor, Jackie was able to provide me with the reassurance and the confidence that I needed which ultimately led to my first time pass! Things that I found useful included: Jackie's willingness to structure the lessons around what I felt I needed to work on. I wasn't pressured into taking the test, we both decided on when the time was right and Jackie was very honest in regards to this, meaning that no money was wasted! Jackie's teaching style, this was something I really struggled with in the past with other instructors. I would 100% recommend Jackie to any new or partially experienced drivers (like myself) as she really helped me to regain my confidence in driving.

Ewan HazeltineEwan Hazeltine
Passed 1st time.
Jackie always acts calmly and patiently. Even when mistakes are made, she never shows any anger or annoyance, unlike many stories I've heard about other instructors. Her use of diagrams and step by step guidance gave me confidence and I never felt like I was in too deep. At the same time, the difficulty and progress was quick enough that I never got bored. It's also very helpful having the LDC book and online theory practice to track progress and save lesson time by learning on my own. Jackie was always encouraging, full of helpful advice and incredibly friendly. Thank you very much!

Laurien WoodgateLaurien Woodgate
Brilliant driving instructor
Jackie has been a brilliant driving instructor. You can tell she used to be a teacher because she explains everything so clearly and patiently that it really helps you to pick things up easily. Jackie went through everything I needed to learn for the test in a very systematic and clear way, this definitely helped me to pass my recent test with only 4 minor faults! I've really enjoyed learning to drive with Jackie. She is very easy to chat to and has made the lessons an enjoyable experience and I feel I've learnt really good skills too. Thank you Jackie!

Frazer KnowlesFrazer Knowles
Amazing driving instructor
Jackie is an amazing driving instructor I would recommend to anyone! Really easy to contact compared to other instructors in the area. She made me feel very comfortable from the start and has an amazing presence that makes you feel at ease and relaxed during something that can be quite stressful. Had many laughs during my learning experience which also helps. Nothing worse than having someone who doesn't have a sense of humour! Jackie has some amazing teaching styles (must have been from her experience as a teacher) which caters to everyone. Lessons are not 'do this, do that', it's more of a learning experience and a discovery. The book also helps with learning, allowing you to reflect on the lessons. I can't recommend LDC - Jackie enough. And thank you personally for getting me to not just pass standard, but an even better and safer driver!

Kimberley LockyerKimberley Lockyer
Passed 1st time.
Jackie is a fantastic driving instructor and has continuously made me feel comfortable right from the start! I have really enjoyed my experience learning to drive with Jackie. With her calm nature and experience as a teacher, she has enabled me to feel confident during each lesson and built my lessons around my strengths to help me pass my test first time with just 4 minors. She has been so supportive and such an amazing teacher! I really couldn’t have done it without her and I appreciate all of the help that she has given me. I would definitely recommend Jackie to anyone and everyone.

Kimberley Lockyer
Fantastic driving instructor.
Jackie is a fantastic driving instructor and I would 100% recommend her. She is patient, considerate, calm and explains everything with visuals which makes it very easy to understand. Jackie is very professional yet friendly and has a great sense of humour which is fantastic when you make an error as it is never a problem as she guides you through! Learning through LDC is brilliant because you get a workbook which allows you to follow your own path to prepare for your test. I find the topic target section of the book extremely useful as it also allows you to plan your next lesson. Each section of the driving skills workbook is broken down with visuals, revision materials and a quiz, which are brilliant for pre and post lesson evaluation. Learning with Jackie at LDC is the right choice to make, so if you are considering learning to drive, you couldn't choose a more reliable instructor in my opinion.

Laurien Woodgate
Good teacher
Jackie is a very good teacher and takes the time to explain things clearly, using diagrams when needed. She explains things clearly and enthusiastically and you can tell she has lots of experience teaching. The LDC workbook is useful as it has diagrams of manoeuvres and scenarios that you can see ahead of a lesson to get prepared. Her car feels very comfortable to drive and is similar to the car I will be driving when I pass.

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