Stu is a fully qualified ADI (approved driving instructor) Based in North Liverpool covering North Liverpool, Southport, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale. Stu uses the latest techniques and software to help people pass their driving test as quickly as possible, whilst teaching them to the highest, safest standards.
When not in the car teaching driving lessons you can normally finding him tinkering with cars or spending time with his son. He loves all things to do with cars and probably spends more than anyone keeping his car clean!
Nothing says how good a driving instructor is like photographic proof, so here are Stu’s latest passes:
A Quick Q&A with Stu...
So Stu, why are you a driving instructor?
Ran in family for 30 years and seeing the enjoyment my father got from the job, made me realise there is more than a 9-5 job.
What’s the best part of your job?
Watching pupils progress from novice to test ready, seeing them grow to capable, confident drivers
What’s the worst part of your job?
Late cancelations/ no shows, it waste’s time and ultimately loses me money, sometimes having to book pupils in until 9pm at night is a real kick in the teeth when you get 2-3 cancellations meaning I could have went home earlier.
What did you do before you qualified as a driving instructor?
What’s the best car you have ever owned?
What was the first car you ever owned and why did you pick it?
Ford Fiesta as it was cheap on insurance.
Name your perfect 5 car garage – remember one has to be a driving school car!
Mercedes a class (driving school car) My Fiesta ST (track car) BMW M5, Mitsubishi Evolution 10 and Audi Q5 for chill out days.
Track Car – that sounds fun!
It’s one of our original driving school car’s from back in 2005! My brother owned it for several years, it ended up on 142,000 miles and eventually a bigger car was needed. it sat around for 2 years before I evenutally managed to buy it after 2 years of nagging, it’s been fully stripped down and rebuilt with a new 2.0 150bhp engine, once the engines running sweet Ill look at the paintwork, in a year or two it will most likely face a turbo or supercharged conversion, driving school cars are great but it’s nice to be able to tinker.
When you aren’t out teaching people to drive, where can we find you?
In my garage tinkering with the track car, or of a weekend spending quality time with my little boy James.
Liverpool or Everton?
What’s the 1 thing you would change about your car?
Where do I start
Petrol or diesel? Why?
Diesel for the ease of learning, fuel economy and a lot smoother than most patrols these days
If you could send a message to your 17 year old self, what would it be?
That Fiesta needs a bigger engine!
Steve Hughes Steve H
I started my ADI training with The Driving Academy a few months ago. The training school was recommended to me by another instructor and I understood the task ahead was not an easy one. Having just passed my part 2 of 3 phases to become fully qualified instructor I can not praise the team of the school enough.
I knew from the moment I met the guys I was in good hands and they have delivered, helping me pass what for me was a pity intense part of the process. Being a driver for 35 years I found it particularly difficult but to come away with a pass today is testament to their commitment and expertise.
Anyone considering a driving school as a new learner or like me, I step towards becoming an ADI, I would highly recommend choosing The Driver Academy. Once again, huge thanks to Stuart, Mike, Scott and Peter.
Thank you to my fantastic driving instructor Carl James for helping me pass my test I couldn’t even start a car 9 months ago and now I have passed I would highly recommend you to anyone wanting to have driving lessons you make people feel Calm and relaxed whist driving and it helps and your quite funny too lol I really can’t thank you enough for everything.
Nothing but praise for Carl James! Amazing driving instructor I know Ive had a few!! Tried driving when I was younger then a few years back but never really had the confidence or tbh enjoyed the lessons. Carl made me feel at ease had a few laughs and jokes on the way and put the confidence in me to pass today.
I would highly recommend him perfect combination of laid back, informative and encouraging!
Carl Laura Ferguson
Can’t thank Carl enough, it’s been a complete turn around for me, he definitely pushes you out of your comfort zone but it’s what’s needed. I thought it’d be well into next year before i passed, I’m amazed thanks for such a confidence boost
I had some bad experience with other driving schools but Mike and the driving academy are amazing. Mike was extremely accommodating to my work schedule to fit in lessons. I had failed previous tests and had lost confidence and enjoyment in driving but Mike was great at talking through any issues I was struggling with and asking me what I wanted to focus on each lesson.
I also had a mock test with Stu a week before my actual test which helped me calm my nerves and pick up on any problems I had before my actual test …..which I aced!
Thanks to Mike and the driving academy for all their support and my making driving lesson fun.
I passed with Mike and he couldn’t have been a better instructor if he tried!
Kept me calm in moments of panic, reassured me when I was doubting myself & he’s great to talk too. I’ve gained a friend from my experience!
I have just passed my test with Mike!
I was initially a nervous wreck and Mike’s patience and positive attitude completely turned that around!
Mike is super upbeat so even when I wasn’t confident in my driving he was confident enough for the both of us!
He was flexible with lesson times so I could fit it around work which was great
Couldn’t recommend mike enough
I have just passed with Mike! What a brilliant fella he is, I was so nervous to start with and Mikes brilliant teaching style and fab sense of humour made me relax straight away.
He went out of his way to give me extra support and worked around my working hours. Not only did I learn how to drive I had a good laugh doing it!
Thank you Mike!!!
Chloe Carty Passed with Liam
I passed first time today with only 5 minors after being taught by Liam I passed first time He’s such a nice person and helped me to stay calm.
He explains everything in detail and gives you feedback throughout lesson so you can learn as your going. I was so nervous on way to test but he helped me stay calm An told me I could do it!
Thank you Liam!
Taylor Greenwood Passed with Liam
Well what can i say i feel amazing changing driving instructors and going to Liam was the best decision ever felt so comfortable doing my lessons and past first time with driving academy highly recommend them to anybody they are awesome especially my instructor Liam he is superb thanks again for all your hard work and patience cant believe I’ve past with you after only 10 lessons
Beth Thompson Passed with Liam
I passed first time with only 4 minors yesterday after being taught by Liam. I couldn’t recommend him enough! He’s a really nice person and helps you to stay calm and understands when you make mistakes or forget things and simply helps you understand how to better next time.
His teaching technique is brilliant, explaining everything in detail before you attempt it e.g. Manoeuvres, roundabouts, one way systems etc. He gave me a talk before my test to keep me as calm as possible and told me to have faith in myself and look what happened!
Genuinely couldn’t thank him more for the time and effort he put into teaching me to drive and helping me have confidence in myself. Thank you Liam!
Would like to thank Matty for helping me get through all my driving lessons & passing my driving test first time!
Would definitely recommend Matty as a driving instructor!
Siobhan Griffiths Siobhan Griffiths
So happy I passed my driving test first time I started my lessons when I was about 6 months pregnant and passed a week before my due date all thanks to Matty thanks for putting up with me best driving school by far.
James Owens Stu, August 2015
Best money I have ever spent. My driving instructor was Stu and From the first lesson I have felt like I was learning something valuable.
I would recommend Stu and the driving academy to any person who is looking to learn to drive and am more than proud to say that I know these people and to have called them my instructor.
Victoria Stu, October 2015
Finally passed my driving test! Couldn’t of done it without Stu! He was always so patient with me whilst I was driving and with booking lessons,was always willing to help work around me!
Couldn’t of done it without him thanks for encouraging me to carry on and not give up! Would recommend him to everyone! Thank you again Stuart!
Darren Stu, December 2015
One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was to go with The Driving Academy. My instructor Stu has the patience of a saint and is an excellent teacher felt totally comfortable every lesson.
Cannot fault any part of my experience, if you want to learn to drive then you cannot go wrong with this amazing company.
My experience was amazing ! My instructor Stu was perfect and I’d recommend to anyone I know!
He made me feel relaxed and comfortable when he knew I was very nervous about driving. He promised me after my first lessons, within 3 months i would have passed my driving test, and he didn’t let me down!
Learning to drive with Stu? An important part of your practical driving test is to understand basic car maintenance, such as checking oil levels and testing your brake lights. Learn all about Stu’s 1.6 Fiesta Zetec – S Tdci here