Driving lessons packages & prices

Below are a the prices I charge for driving lessons and driving courses. Prices are for lessons taking place in Darlington town centre, surrounding areas, you can text or call for any details or if you have any question via the web form on my contact page.

90 minute lesson £55

All lessons are conducted in a structured way going through the DVSA syllabus for learning to drive, this also aids the theory knowledge along the way getting the best out of each individual.

2 hour lesson £68

Driving courses

My driving courses are available to learner drivers after an initial assessment drive which usually takes an hour. During this first lesson I will be able to judge the level of your driving and advise on the most suitable and cost effective course for you, to reach a standard required, to pass your driving test.

10 Hours £335

20 Hours £670

30 Hours £1005

40 hours £1340

Contact me now to book your first driving lesson

Bookings can be made by phone on 07498911646 or email nicholsonsds@gmail.com. If I'm taking a lesson and can't answer my phone, please leave a message and I will get back to you. Regards John.

Terms & conditions

These Terms and Conditions are an important part of your driving tuition so please take time to read.

I, John Nicholson, am the proprietor and representative of John Nicholson Driving School.



I can not be held responsible for any positive tests due to COVID -19 , this works both ways and i will not charge any  pupil who cancels within the 48 hour cancelation periods for COVID - 19 due too the exceptional circumstances and for the safety6 of keeping the driving school running as consistent and continuous as possible.  Any tests i cant attend i cannot be held responsible for if i am infected or any of my children have been infected and i have been in close contact with virus nor shall any claim be made against me should i have to withdraw from presenting any pupil for driving test due to the virus for any reason i feel would out the driving test centre under any risk of strain due to us knowing we are infected.

Any test fees lost i can not be held responsible for however i will strive to find a solution for you though this cant be guaranteed and will depend on the individual circumstances on what suggestions i can offer but if i am infected by the virus i will not present a pupil for test due to the infection passing to examiners and then other candidates due to the significant impact it would have on others tests down the line. We have to act responsible and accept that when booking test we are doing so with this risk in mind.

Be fit to drive!

Prescribed drugs may have an impact on your ability to drive therefore i must be informed. You must hold a current and valid driving licence which must be produced on your first driving lesson, and at regular intervals throughout your training. Any changes to your driving licence due to medical conditions or driving convictions must be communicated to me immediately. Please ensure that you present yourself in suitable clothing, particularly practical footwear. It is also important to attend lessons with any appropriate glasses or contact lenses for reasons of road safety. If I think you are unfit to drive for failing to meet any of these conditions, the lesson will be cancelled and you will be charged. It is your resposiblity to ensure you are fit to drive I cannot accept responsibility for any injury, loss or damage arising from a driving lesson.

Lesson payments

Payments for single lessons to be made at the beginning of each lesson in car, unless its a block bookings which are bank transfer if the 2 hour slots are available for block bookings in the diary at the time of enquiry. Cheques are not accepted for driving lessons. Block bookings must be paid for prior to the the first lesson of that block. Refunds will not be given at anytime for block bookings, however hours paid for in advance will be available for a 12 week period from payment received. This is a special term imposed for anyone suffering a serious injury I.e broken bone or anything which will prevent you from driving for several weeks giving you sufficient time to recover. Any longer than 12 weeks with no tuition and the funds will be forfeited. Any crash course which would consist of 6 or more hours book in  in 1 week would require minimum 1 weeks notice otherwise the will be charged due to the difficulty of replacing such hours in a short period of time, unless it was as a result of a broken bone which i then hold lessons valid for up too 12 weeks as a recovery period. Refunds will also not be given on these at anytime.


48 hours (2 days) notice is required to cancel any driving lesson. If less than 48 hours (2 days) notice is given, the full lesson fee must be paid. I do however waive this charge if you provide a letter from a doctor for sickness due to physical injury i.e broken bone. If you suspend taking your driving lessons within a block of pre paid lessons for a period of 12 weeks or more, then any remaining lessons will be forfeited.Any crash course which would consist of 6 or more hours booking  in 1 week would require minimum 1 weeks notice otherwise the will be charged due to the difficulty of replacing such hours in a short period of time, unless it was as a result of a broken bone which i then hold lessons valid for up too 12 weeks as a recovery period. Refunds will also not be given on these at anytime.

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I cannot be held responsible for any mechanical or electrical failure or illness which may cause the prevention or termination of a lesson or driving test. If the weather is too severe to take a lesson I can re-arrange your lesson for free based on a proffessional decision. If you decide to cancel at short notice due to weather and the conditions are suitable to drive which i will base on a proffessional decision, the lesson will be chargeable.


Your driving lesson will be on a one to one basis.  If you would like a parent or friend to come along on your lesson then that can be arranged. You will always receive the full lesson time you have paid for. I will be happy to start and finish your lesson from different locations, providing these are agreed at least one week in advance, and that both are within the usual area of my work.

Fines & Driving Penalties

Whenever you are driving in the school vehicle, you will be under close supervision. However, John Nicholson Driving School cannot be held responsible for any infringement of the law. Any fines that are incurred will be the responsibility of the driver.

Practical tests

I will make every effort to help you reach a good standard of driving that will enable you to pass your driving test, and you must try to maintain regular lessons leading up to your test otherwise your test date might have to be moved back to give you more time to prepare.  The only way to pass the driving test is to be properly prepared.  In the interest of road safety I reserve the right to withdraw the use of my car for tests without prior notice, should you prove to be unsafe and not up to test standard.


I will contact you if I am going to be later than 5 minutes for your driving lesson. The time lost will be added to the end of the lesson if possible, or added to another lesson at a later date. If you are late for your lesson, then that time will be lost.

Holidays and Availability

I will give you notice of holidays or days where I am unavailable. Please ensure that you do likewise.  Please be sure to book your first lesson after your holiday or break in tuition, to retain your place on the diary and to maintain progress.

Code of Practice

I will abide by the Voluntary Code of Practice which has been agreed between DVSA and the main bodies representing Approved Driving Instructors. 

Complaints by clients should be made in the first instance to John Nicholson Driving School. Failing agreement or settlement of a dispute, reference may be made to DVSA’s Registrar of Approved Driving Instructors who will consider the matter and advise accordingly. Should the Registrar not be able to settle the dispute he or she may set up a panel, with representatives from the ADI industry, to consider the matter further or advise that the matter should be referred to the courts or other statutory body to be determined.

By taking driving lessons with John Nicholson Driving School it is accepted that you have read and agree to these terms and conditions.