Meet Stu - ORDIT ADI

Meet Stu, our second generation ADI (approved driving instructor) and half of our driving instructor trainers duo!

Meet Stu - ORDIT driving instructor - The Driving Academy

Stu's Quick Q&A

Why did you become a driving instructor?
Growing up with a dad as a driving instructor I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. One of my earliest memories is sitting in his 1990’s Ford Escort pretending to drive and giving lessons. It’s a rewarding career and something I love doing.

What’s the best part of your job?
My favourite part of being an instructor is always meeting new pupils and watching them learn a new skill and the joy they have when they pass. Driving instructor training tops this a little as you see someone develop into a brand new career and change their life for the better.

What’s the worst part of your job?
Cancellations and temper tantrums! Both are completely avoidable.

Favourite lesson to teach?
It has to be the first lesson, it’s great watching a new pupil grasp a new skill and start relaxing.

Your favourite area for teaching in?
I currently offer lessons across South Liverpool (Speke, Hunts cross, Halewood, Garston, Gatacre, Woolton, Hale village) but I work across the North-West training instructors, I love a change of scenery and it’s great being able to float around and see different areas.

What did you do before you became an instructor?
I always knew I would end up as an instructor so at the age of 16 I started working in a warehouse before joining the warehouse refurbishment team. I progressed onto being a security guard and a taxi driver before training to become an instructor as soon as I could, I now primarily focus on training driving instructors but work 3 days a week with learner drivers.

Why did you choose an A3 to teach in?
I’ve used a range of cars, 2 x Fiesta’s, 2 x Astra’s, BMW 1 series, Fiat Punto, Citroen C3, Qashqai. All great cars but I have always wanted something a little special. It’s a great size without being difficult to learn it and is essential for being able to teach new driving instructors alongside normal learners, plus it’s bright yellow and looks awesome!

How old were you when you passed your driving test and how many attempts?
17 and first time, the perks of having a dad as a driving instructor!

What’s your dream car?
I like a variety of cars, but I do like to tinker with modified & modern classic cars. Apart from my work car I also have a heavily modified Fiesta (Full St150 conversion, uprated brakes, suspension, full exhaust, fibre-glass bodykit, coilovers on 17" Rial alloys) - it actually used to be one of our driving school cars! In late 2021 I also bought one of my other dream cars, a 1998 Rover 114 GSI. I can appreciate most cars but I’d rather own cars with some sort of sentimental attachment or a great story to tell - the Rover 114 is the car I grew up with when my dad (Peter) qualified as a driving instructor and worked for the AA driving school before opening TDA.

If you could tell yourself anything when you were learning to drive, what would it be?
Focus, Plan and always be prepared

When you’re not in the car where can we find you?
Spending time with my family, having catchup’s in Costa with the instructors or at home!

Favourite food?
You really can’t beat a good Indian!

Sports fan?

Claim to fame?
I once ran over Charlotte Church’s foot in the airport with my suitcase (I was 13!)

Favourite band/music?
A little hip hop / r&b or some dance music is normally not far away but I appreciate a good band!

Stu’s Driving test passes

Stu's info

Audi A3


Test Centres
All Northwest for ADI training, Norris Green, Southport & Speke for learners

Book a lesson with Stu

Enter your details below and someone will call you back over

FREE Theory App

All of our learners get free theory test pro to help them pass their hazard perception & theory tests!

Theory Test Pro Logo

Driving Lesson Reviews

Some of our reviews we have received after people have learnt to drive with us in

Passed my driving test a week today and it’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever done. Stu was my instructor and he’s absolutely fab. It’s nice to be able to learn in an environment where you feel comfortable with someone and can also have the odd giggle while learning. Cannot thank stu enough for putting up with and teaching me. Friendly staff, great learning and great prices. Again, thank you so much. Learning to drive has literally changed my life


What can I say... my instructor was Stuart (but he prefers stu). Helped me past first time so he's obviously a miracle worker! Couldn't of made learning any easier. So supportive and always made me feel at ease, even when I was being a complete stress head 😂 Thank you so much for all your help, couldn't recommend even folks! Love Kimble's 💚


Driving Lesson FAQ's

Have a question? Want a quick answer? The most common driivng lesson FAQ's can be found below!

How do I book my first driving lesson in

If you have your provisional driving license then just give us a call or fill your details in on our callback form. A member of our team will answer any questions you have and pass your details over to one of our instructors.

What car will I learn to drive in?

We have a good variety of cars from super-mini’s to large SUV’s. Typically expect your lessons to happen in a Ford Fiesta / Vauxhall Corsa sized car. If you have any special requirements then feel free to ask us!

How many driving lessons will I need?

The UK average is 47 driving lessons and 22 hours of private practice before your driving test, but everyone is different. We’ve saw people pass in as little as 10 hours and others take longer. After your first few driving lessons your driving instructor will be able to give you an idea roughly how many lessons you will need.

What test do I need to take?

There are 3 tests you need to take to gain your full driving license. The first 2 tests are taken together, these are the theory test and the hazard perception test. You have to pass them both together. The final test is your practical driving test and this must be passed within 2 years of passing your first 2 tests.

How long does it take to learn to drive?

This is down to you. We see two types of learners, those committed to learning and taking regular weekly lessons, and those who aren’t too bothered and will cancel a lesson and then re-arrange for 2-3 weeks time. You can pass as quickly as you want, but if you don’t have the dedication or motivation to pass you can spend months trying to get your driving license.

How long are your driving lessons?

Our driving lessons all last 1 hour, but you can take them in 60/90/120/180 minute sessions if you prefer - speak to your driving instructor about your options if you want to do longer lessons. Note - some cheaper driving school only offer 50 minute driving lessons.

What is a provisional license?

You need to apply for a provisional driving license before you can start driving lessons. Without a provisional license you are not insured for driving on the road - we will ask to see your provisional on your first lesson.

Can’t I just learn with my Mum / Dad / Friend / Sister / Uncle??

Yes you can, however the person teaching you must meet certain criteria (Over 21, Have had a full license for over 3 years are the basic requirements) you must then also make sure the car is roadworthy, fully insured for a leaner driver and displaying the legal L plates. The most important thing is the person teaching / supervising you needs to know what is expected for your driving test and teach you correctly. If you want to speak to your driving instructor and ask for some advice.