We Are The Original 1st Time School of Motoring

Book your driving lessons today!

Beginners offer first 4 for £100 manual before 6pm only

Manual & auto instructors / male and female available

0208 852 3300
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1st Time SOM is one of the best known driving schools in south-east London & north-west Kent & we’ve been established for over 25 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.

With the current economic climate 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 32 years experience helping over 50,000 people learn how to drive and pass their test.
  • We're a Family run business in South-East London / North-West Kent.
  • We are not a national school with a call centre, we are a friendly LOCAL school.
  • Fully staffed office in Lewisham.

Driving Instructor Training - ADIs & PDIs Wanted

1st Time School of Motoring is recruiting for driving instructors & trainees.

Join us and expect a full diary the same day!

  • Competitive Franchise
  • Car provided
  • Tax provided
  • M.O.T provided
  • Insurance provided

We have a discounted course for trainees that want to work with us under £1000!

Call us today on 020 8852 3300 or email us your enquiry on

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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 PlumsteadAbbey WoodWoolwichThamesmead &  Bexleyheath. We have now grown to over 40+ 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.

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 Look Who Just Passed page to see our latest success stories.

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Five reasons to contact us

Want to know more? For more information about any of our driving solutions whether it be driving lessons or becoming a Driving Instructor please complete the quick contact form or call us direct for a confidential chat.
1. We are a local company established over 25 years

2. We offer professional driving lessons at competitive prices

3. Male and female instructors local to you

4. Full 60 minute lessons with door-to-door service

5. Manuals and automatics available

Terms and Conditions;-

Paying for tuition with 1st Time School of Motoring indicated acceptance to the following terms and conditions:

  1. All pupils shall be in possession of a valid current driving licence.
  2. All appointments are made with the individual instructors for whom we act.
  3. All lessons must be paid in advance.
  4. Where the pupil desires to cancel or transfer a lesson either from one pupil to another or from one date to another then no less than 48 working hours’ notice must be given and in the event of such notice not being given, the fee for the lesson will be forfeited.
  5. Whilst we endeavour to give you as much notice as possible, the school cannot be held responsible for postponements or cancelled lessons/tests due to illness or mechanical breakdown.
  6. Any application by a pupil for the refund of money paid in advance or any claim which may arise shall be made within three months from the date of the last lesson or the date of the payment of money whichever is sooner. No claims after this period will be considered.
  1. We work on a franchise system with our instructors whereby the instructors are responsible for their own pupils once the school has passed them on.
  2. The school takes no responsibility whatsoever for any loss, damage or theft of a pupil’s property.
  3. The school reserves the right to withhold the use of a car for an official driving test if in the opinion of the school, a pupil has not reached the required standard.
  4. The school retains the right to cancel any enrolment for any reason.
  5. The pupil undertakes to abide by the orders of the instructor.
  6. No claim can be considered without production of an appointment card which acts as an official receipt.