Welcome to TRAINWIZE Driving School

At TRAINWIZE we create a friendly, fun and relaxed atmosphere for you to learn to drive in. We are a fully qualified team of DVSA Local Driving Instructors with a huge amount of knowledge that is kept right up to date with regular training and check testing by the DVSA so you can be assured of the very best of quality, attention to detail and dedication from us.

About the team

Andrew is the owner and Training Principal of TRAINWIZE Driving School.

He's been instructing people in the art of driving since 1983. A Grade 6 Instructor, (the highest grade, only 6% of instructors achieve this grade), he's also both an approved Fleet Driver Trainer and been a member of the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers, (ORDIT).

Andrew and his team offer competitively priced, high quality, low stress, and enjoyable lessons in and around the Durham, Chester-le Street and Sunderland area, we are here to support you for your theory test which will help to consolidate the learning that takes place in the car.

The rest of our team consists of Mark, George, Walter and Joan we have a combined experience over 60 years all with standout pass rates.

Joan runs the office dealing with messages and enquires so it would be best to contact her first as we are normally out on training.

How do I book my first lesson?

Simply ring us on one of the numbers on the top right or use the contact page and we will arrange it for you. We will not put you under any high-pressure sales techniques. With our friendly approach we will take time to answer your questions and take the time to find out what you require from us.

On your Lesson

Learning to drive, (or instruct), should be low stress, enjoyable and tailored to meet your needs. We use lesson hand-outs to help you remember what you have learnt during your lessons.

We teach the way you learn. We are all different and the way you are taught should be tailored to you instead of some rigid format that’s carved in stone. That’s why, over the years, our pass rate has consistently been higher than the national average.

Do we teach you on test routes?

If you mean do we take you over the whole of each individual test route at your chosen test centre then the answer is no. It would mean having too many lessons, that you probably don’t need, to do so.                                                                                                            

Most driving test routes are fairly straight forward and you will gain far more from having a wide selection of road and traffic conditions than test routes alone can provide.

We do, however, assemble routes which incorporate the more difficult aspects of each test route into few lessons before your test so that you are familiar with anything that is unusual or difficult in that particular area. Our pupils also have access to the latest known test routes in our pupil resource site and should you wish to, you could follow each route using google maps if you wanted to familiarise yourself with them.

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Competitive Prices

We Always follow up on our Messages

Approved by the Driving Standards Agency

I am a fully qualified and highly graded driving instructor with experience in teaching all types of learners from Beginners to Advanced including Driving Instructor Training.

Theory Test and Hazard Perception                                                                                                                           Any help needed to complete the theory and hazard perception test is completely free of charge.

Free loan of books and CD's if required.

Learning to drive                                                                                                                                                           Training follows the Official DSA Syllabus everything from the car controls to through the town, rural and dual carriageways driving, In fact all the skills you need for your driving test and beyond. 

The first thing we do is establish is when do you want to pass your test, then together we will devise a plan to achieve your goals, in the safest, most cost effective and easiest way possible.                                                                                                                                                                               

Semi intensive courses  

Taylor made packages offered to get you passed your driving test. This is subject to your free driving assessment to establish the numbers of hours required. If your theory test is required we will integrate training to allow things come together then slightly intensify for the driving test.                                                                                                                                                      

Pass Plus 

This is an additional course developed by the Driving Standards Agency and carried out by ourselves DSA registered Instructors. The aim is to improve the standards of newly qualified drivers. Pass Plus consists of 6 modules, the subjects are:

Town driving, Out of Town and Rural Roads, All Weather Driving, Night time Driving, Dual carriageway Driving and Motorway Driving

Already passed  your test   

It may be some time since you passed your test and you may be looking for a refresher lessons, perhaps fallen foul of the law. Lessons are offered to brush up on those driving skills and increase confidence on the road.     


All vehicles used are eco-friendly and you will be shown from the beginning how to drive smoothly and safely to save wear and tear on your vehicle while saving fuel. We teach the latest eco-safe driving skills and techniques from your first lesson, they give you saving in fuel around 12 - 14%

Features And Benefits from using our training vehicles

Nissan Note 1.5 Dci

Learn to drive in a Dual Controlled car it improves your learn confidence to take on the little extra challenging areas knowing someone ready to help in needed.

Its fitted to a high speck, half leather seats, height adjustment for the shorter driver and move well forward so you can operate the foot controls, adjustable steering to avoid strain on your arms.

Air condition to keep you cool on your lesson and test, I will show you how to use all the equipment in stages built in hands free mobile, satellite navigation, Cruise control, ESP.

All features will be shown safely with due regard for the Law and Highway Code regulations within your normal diving course. (apart from the Dual controls).

Its powered by a 1.5 diesel engine providing less impact on the environment while learning.

For more information about starting you training course please use one of the ways above to contact us.

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07910 110195      or      0191 3844812 


* Offer to beginners that hold a provisional licence for a manual car. In this lesson, you will learn about the controls of the car before progressing to move off and stopping the vehicle.

Trainwize Driving School, 7 Cotherstone Road. DH1 5YN.   Telephone:  0191 3844812  -  07910 110195