*** COVID 19 UPDATE ***

Following the government announcement regarding a second national lockdown, the DVSA has suspended driver training & driving tests, initially until 2nd December 2020, after which there will be a review. We had manual & auto waiting lists in most areas before the new lockdown was announced, so if you want driving lessons, please bear with us. At the moment, the best way to get in touch is to email us with your full details & we will add you to our waiting list. When lessons are allowed, to be as covid-safe as possible, our vehicles (& instructors) will be fully sanitized between lessons & the windows will need to be down. Pupils must bring their own PPE (face mask & gloves) to each lesson. 

1st Time SOM is one of the best known driving schools in south-east London & north-west Kent & we’ve been established for over 30 years! That’s an incredible number of driving lessons! Over the years we’ve helped over 50,000 people to pass their driving test, gain confidence on the road or simply improve their driving skills. Check out our ‘Look Who Just Passed page’ to see some of our latest success stories.

In recent years, we’ve noticed an avalanche of new Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) & Potential Driving Instructors (PDIs) on the roads, all offering too-good-to-be-true deals. It’s a minefield out there. How do you know which school is worth going with?

Established since 1989, with over THIRTY years experience helping

over 50,000 people learn how to drive and pass their test.

We are not a national school with a call centre, we are a friendly LOCAL school

with two fully staffed offices:- One in Plumstead & one in Lewisham – the site of
he old BSM shop

At 1st Time SOM, we pride ourselves in having vast experience of the industry whilst offering competitively priced driving lessons. We started back in 1989 with just two instructors working around Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Woolwich, Thamesmead Bexleyheath. We have now grown to over 65 male & female driving instructors in over 90 towns across the south east, which means there’s probably a 1st Time instructor living near you. Check out are areas page or scroll down this page.

We think you’ll love having driving lessons with 1st Time SOM but how good are we? We think our track record speaks for itself but don’t take our word for it – check out our Facebook page to see our latest success stories.

Areas covered by 1st School of Motoring


We cover South-East London & North-West Kent & are expanding all the time.

Our office is in Plumstead but our instructors live and work in all areas of SE DA & BR postcodes, so there’s

probably an instructor round the corner from you. Check out our areas:-

SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5, SE6, SE7, SE8, SE9, SE10, SE11, SE12, SE13, SE14, SE15, SE16, SE17, SE18, SE19, SE20, SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24, SE25, SE26, SE27, SE28, DA1, DA2, DA3, DA4, DA5, DA6, DA7, DA8, DA9, DA10, DA11, DA12, DA13, DA14, DA15, DA16, DA17, DA18, BR1, BR2, BR3, BR4, BR5, BR6, BR7, BR8

Abbey Wood, Annerley, Balham, Barnehurst, Beckenham, Bellingham, Belvedere, Bermondsey, Bexley, Bexleyheath, Blackheath, Borough, Brockley, Bromley, Camberwell, Catford, Charlton, Chatham, Chislehurst, Clapham, Crayford, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Dartford, Deptford, Downham, Dulwich, East Dulwich, Elephant & Castle, Eltham, Erith, Forest Hill, Gravesend, Greenhithe, Greenwich, Grove Park, Hawley, Herne Hill, Hither Green, Honor Oak, Horton Hirby, Joyce Green, Kennington, Kidbrooke, Ladywell, Lee Green, Lewisham, Meopham, Mitcham, Mottingham, New Cross, New Eltham, North Heath, Northfleet, Norwood, Nunhead, Old Kent Road, Orpington, Peckham, Penge, Petts Wood, Plumstead, Rotherhithe, Shooters Hill, Sidcup, Slade Green, South Darenth, South Norwood, St Marys Cray, St Paul’s Cray, Stone, Sutton At Hone, Swanley, Swanscombe, Sydenham, Temple Hill, Thamesmead, Walworth, Welling, West Dulwich, West Norwood, West Wickham, Wilmington, Woolwich

If you are unsure whether or not we cover your area, give us a quick call on 020 8317 9222 or 020 8852 3300, we’ll be glad to help!

Lewisham Shop

Five reasons to contact 1st School of Motoring today:

  • We are a local company established over 30 years
  • We offer professional driving lessons at competitive prices
  • Male and female instructors local to you
  • Full 60 minute lessons with door-to-door service
  • Manuals and automatics available

Want to know more? For more information about any of our driving solutions whether it be driving lessons or becoming a Driving Instructor please get in touch for a confidential chat.

1st Time School Of Motoring Ltd

2 Lee High Road,



SE13 5LQ

Tel 020 8852 3300

*** COVID 19 UPDATE ***

Please note, our flagship shop at

264a Plumstead High Street,



SE18 1JN

is currently closed but our instructors are still working & we are available online & on 020 8317 9222



 Please give us a call or send an email….

020 8852 3300