About Us!

We are a driving school delivering lessons to a wide range of pupils in South West Scotland, Cumbria, Lancaster and Northumbria. Our training methods are low stress, customer centred and above all, enjoyable. Student drivers of all ability levels from total beginners to passing an advanced driving test, benefit from taking their driving lessons with us.

The company was started in 2005 by Ian Lavell following many successful years teaching for other driving schools. The registered address for the company is 31 Hardthorn Rd, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire DG2 9JJ.

We are also an ORDIT registered training company allowing us to offer driving instructor training for all parts of the qualifying examination.

Whether you're a complete beginner looking to start lessons, a driver looking to improve your existing skills, (still learning, newly qualified or more experienced), or a qualified driver looking for a new career we can help. Contact your local instructor for a chat or to ask any questions you have – we love questions and we can't wait to help with your "driving ambitions."

Meet the team

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Ian Lavell

Owner and Training Principal
Castle Douglas, Dumfries, Lockerbie and surrounding areas

Ian is the owner and Training Principal of Qualify: Driver Education & Training. He's been instructing people in driving skills since 1999.

A Grade 6 Instructor, (the highest grade, only 6% of instructors achieve this grade), he's also both an approved Fleet Driver Trainer and a member of the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers, (ORDIT).

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Rose Coltart

DVSA Approved Driving Instructor
Dumfries, Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright areas

DSA ADI offering driving tuition in the Dumfries, Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright areas.

I offer a client centred approach to learning, which means your lessons are based on your own unique learning style.

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James Devlin

DVSA Approved Driving Instructor
Dumfries and surrounding area

I have a client-centered approach to teaching and will fully adapt the lesson to suit your training needs. I want the journey to be enjoyable and stress free, and to make you a confident, safe driver for life.

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Rob Wilkinson

DVSA Approved Driving Instructor
South Lakes & Cumbria, Lancaster, Morecambe

DSA ADI offering driving tuition in a modern, dual controlled, manual gearbox box car, for persons aged 14 to 114! I adapt all my lessons to my pupils' learning styles and use a variety of learning materials from handouts to apps.

My aim is for my pupils to become safe, confident and considerate drivers who learn to drive with a smile.

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Rowan Schofield

DVSA Approved Driving Instructor
Lancaster, Morecambe and surrounding area

I'm a DSA approved ADI living and working in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

In order to achieve your goals you have to be involved in the learning process at all stages. You'll set the pace and intensity of your lessons as well as each lesson's goals and targets.

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Tom Winter

DVSA Approved Driving Instructor
Kendal and surrounding area

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Nicola Hudson

DVSA Approved Driving Instructor
Carlisle

Having 17 years of teaching experience, I understand how people learn in different ways and so adapt my teaching strategies to suit your learning style to enable you to achieve your goal.

My aim is to help you gain confidence in order to feel safe and in control, within a relaxed, calm and most importantly, positive environment.