Our driving school has highly recommended driving instructors, offering quality driving lessons to learners and new drivers.
As the largest Independent Driving School in the Swindon and Chippenham area we pride ourselves with a great reputation as we strive to provide high quality, good value for money driving lessons. We have great male and female driving instructors in Swindon, Chippenham and surrounding areas of Wiltshire with over 25 years experience. We offer driving lessons to those under 17 wanting to gain some experience before starting their on the road lessons, complete beginners for on the road driving lessons, refresher driving lessons, those looking to re-build confidence, or qualified drivers wanting to become a driving instructor or are already a qualified ADI wanting training for Standards Check Test.
Please scroll down to see frequently asked questions but don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
***UPDATE 6TH APRIL 2021***
, WE ARE BACK!!!!!!!!
Following the latest announcement from the government with regards to the easing of lockdown measures, we can now confirm we will be returning to teaching from Monday 12th April! 🚗🚗🚗
All current pupils will be contacted by your instructor in the next few days to get you booked in to restart your lessons from the 12th April.
Once we have allocated lessons for all existing students we can then start working through those on our waiting lists. Please bare with us as it is a very busy time, we will do our best to get you started as soon as we have a suitable space.
Any new pupils can be added to our waiting list and this can be done by filling out a contact us form on our website -
The last year has been a very tough year for all of us but hopefully now things can finally start to move in the right direction! I am sure you are all keen to get out on the road again just as much as we are and we can not wait to help you all on your journey to more independence!
Did you know, Julie Murphy's Driving School also provides full training for potential driving instructors and standards test training for fully qualified ADI's? As a local driving school that is continuously growing there are also franchise opportunities for ADI's looking for additional work to supplement there own. If you fancy a change of career or if you are looking for further training, please don't hesitate to get in contact.
From all the team at Julie Murphy’s Driving School, we look forward to seeing you all soon!
Covid-19 Update 23.02.21
Following the latest announcement from the government, it has been confirmed that driving tests will start no earlier than the 12th of April, however this date could be moved back if the scientific advice does not support the release on restrictions.
As driving instructors, we must wait for an official announcement from the DVSA to confirm we are allowed to recommence training so until this is confirmed it is not possible to give a precise return date.
For the latest advise on driving lessons and tests in the UK, please click the link below.
Our first priority on returning to lessons will be current pupils and those already on our waiting lists. As soon as we know more, instructors will be in contact to confirm a restart date for those already having lessons and as soon as we have any space we will then contact those on our waiting list.
Any new enquiries can be added to our waiting list should we have further space open up. To be added, please visit our website and fill out a Contact us form.
Hopefully in the not too distant future we can get back to doing what we love best, teaching pupils a life skill which opens so many doors of opportunity. As soon as we have any further updates we will let you know but in the meantime stay safe from all the team at Julie Murphy’s Driving School 🚗🚗🚗🚗
Covid-19 Update 05.01.21
It is with much disappointment that with immediate effect that driving lessons will be suspended in all areas due to the latest Coronavirus restrictions.
Current pupils will be updated by our individual instructors and for further updates as soon as we get them please check back here or our Facebook page by using the link below.
We will continue to answer enquiries and can add future pupils to our waiting list so we can contact you once lessons resume. For more information, please complete an enquiry form by clicking on the contact us button at the top of the page.
We all know it is not the best start to the New Year but I am sure there is light at the end of this very long tunnel! All of the team here at Julie Murphy's Driving School hope you stay safe and we look forward to meeting you all on the road again soon.
Covid-19 Update 28.07.20
I just wanted to give an update that on the 3rd August 2020 when shielding ends all our instructors will be returning to teaching. This is great news for the school and we are very much looking forward to continuing lessons with current pupils and will be working through the waiting list to book new pupils in as soon as we have space. We will also be returning to teaching the Startline courses at Castle Combe Race Circuit from the 9th August.
As we are still adhering to government guidelines when we return, to protect our pupils, instructors and the spread of the virus there will be some changes to the way we carry out lessons and this information will be sent to you when a booking takes place.
Covid-19 Update 26.06.20
We are back wahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As many of you may know, the government has announced the lift on restrictions on driving lessons starting from the 4th July.
We are currently waiting on details from the DVSA how we can return safely and in what manner we will return. Hopefully we should have more news on this in the next few days.
As many of you can appreciate, this situation has caused massive disruption to many industries and our industry is no different. The DVSA are likely to implement a phased return to testing to allow students that have had tests booked but no practice for several months time to get back up to speed. They and are also likely to prioritise certain pupils (e.g critical care workers) to not delay getting a licence in these difficult times. Initially our priority will be to help our current students in these situations. Once we have ensured our current pupils are allocated lesson slots and those with tests in the near future are accommodated to ensure they are test ready we will then prioritise those on our waiting list.
We are very keen to get back to work however we can only do so once it deemed safe and we have the right measures in place.
We appreciate all our pupils patience, both current and those on our waiting lists and we will do our best to get you all started as soon as we can but please bare with us as these are unprecedented times.
There are still a few unknowns yet so please keep an eye out on our page for further updates.
Current students should have contact from their instructors very soon once we have the outstanding details confirmed.
In the meantime, stay safe. 😃
Covid 19 update.
Following the guidance from the Government Julie Murphy's Driving School has taken the difficult decision to suspend all driving lessons for learners, those training to become a driving instructor and standards test training. This decision has not been taken likely but is necessary to assist with the spread of coronavirus and in order to ensure the safety of pupils and the instructors. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and will resume operations as soon as it is safe to do so. Your Driving instructor will be in touch to rearrange driving lessons as soon as we know we can start operations again.
We will continue to support any pupils in the 'critical worker' group so if you are already having lessons your instructor will discuss this with you. Alternatively you can contact us if you want to start or need help.
Whilst practical driving lessons are on hold it is a good time to prepare for your theory test as this can be done from home whilst maintaining social distancing. All pupils of the driving school are entitled to have free access to our online theory module so if you would like setting up please contact us confirming which driving instructor is teaching you.
I would like to thank all pupils and our driving Instructors during this difficult time. For more guidance on Covid-19 click on the following link.
Do I need to have passed my theory test before starting practical driving lessons?
It is not necessary to have passed your theory driving test before starting your practical driving lessons. Our driving instructors will support you whilst studying and this will be in advising which books to read, testing your knowledge whilst on driving lessons and answering any questions you may have. The good news is as a pupil learning to drive with Julie Murphy's Driving School we will also sign you up for free with our online theory module which will help to ensure you are ready to take you test. Just speak to your instructor when you start and this can be arranged for you.
How much are driving lessons?
Julie Murphy's Driving School appreciate the financial commitment of learning to drive and providing cheap driving lessons in the Swindon, Chippenham and surrounding areas of Wiltshire is important. We are constantly monitoring the cost of lessons with our competitors to ensure we provide good value driving lessons. Even though we only charge reasonable prices throughout the whole of your driving lessons we still offer great block rate driving lesson discounts in Swindon and Chippenham if lessons are taken during the day Monday to Friday. To find out what our discounts and best rates are contact us by clicking on the following link
How many driving lessons do I need?
The national average for a complete beginner is 45 hours with an Instructor and 22 hours of private practise. This can vary dependant on the pupils capabilities and how well they adapt to driving. We tailor lessons to suit the individual trying to encourage and support them to progress at a realistic pace.
How long are driving lessons?
Driving lessons can be anywhere between 1 hour - 8 hours per day (weekly lessons - fully intensive courses). As a Driving School our lesson times vary between 1 hour - 4 hours per day to ensure good value for money as concentration levels of pupils can suffer with prolonged periods of intense learning.
How can you start driving lessons?
Firstly you must apply for a provisional car licence. You can do this 3 months prior to your 17th Birthday. (Due to medical reasons, some students can start to learn to drive at 16). Click on the following link for more information and to start the application process.
Once you have received your licence contact us to start your driving lessons. Please remember you do not need to have passed your theory to start your on the road lessons.
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Driving lessons for learners, manual and automatic driving lessons, intensive driving courses, pass plus, & young driver under 17 courses.Read More
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'Julie is such a dedicated and patient teacher who makes sure things are understood perfectly throughout learning. Julie always kept me calm, especially on my test day, and I passed first time with 1 minor. Thanks so much Julie!'
'“After years of driving lessons and 2 driving instructors I was really nervous starting with James. But he completely got rid of my nerves, taking me through everything and is really patient! I’ve loved having lessons with James and he’s a real credit to all driving instructors and the business! Thanks so much James!”'
'Julie was a fantastic instructor so friendly and very funny! I loved every minute of it and wouldn't change a thing! She made me feel at home and I am so grateful for everything she has done for me. Thank you so much Julie :) Lucy xx '
'Abigails feedback from Stratton "Thank you for helping me pass my test first time. Really patient and supportive and really helped me gain the confidence to pass. I'd recommend you as a teacher to anyone. Thank you again! Abi :-)" '
'Aaron's feedback from Stratton, Swindon - First time pass! "Julie Is one amazing instructor, laid back but keeps you in check at all times. Julie explains every detail clearly and if you still have problems understanding Julie will keep explaining until you get it and it sinks in. I would recommend Julie to anyone wanting to learn to drive. Thanks to Julie I was able to pass my test first time."'
'I qualified as an Instructor thanks to Julie's training, she is a great trainer - meticulous and very positive, believing in me even during the times when I didn't believe in myself but here I am a newly fully qualified ADI.'
For new and existing driving school students.
Julie Murphy's Driving School has special offers for new and existing driving pupils. If you are a new pupil, you will receive up to 3 free driving lessons (subject to availability), free access to an online driving theory test practice package and also some great block booking discounts too.
Please contact us for more details.