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What Our Students Say About Kevin Hopps

Mayara Nazario

Mayara Nazario Photo Kevin Hopps has been the best instructor I’ve had, and I would recommend him to anyone. He is a very calm person by nature which provides a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in the car. He is also excellent at building your confidence up – having failed 4 driving tests prior to starting my lessons with Kev, test nerves were something I really struggled with - I had three-month worth of lessons with Kev, and I am a completely different driver. He helps you through your errors by questioning your thought process behind every action and pointing out what you are missing. I now consider myself a very safe and confident driver, and by the end of my journey with Kev, I saw him more of a mentor than an instructor.

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Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas Photo I would highly recommend Kev to anyone considering him as a driving instructor. When choosing a driving instructor it is important to factor in that you are literally spending hours with a person in a relatively small space and in high pressure situations, Kev is exactly the person you want to be with when in this environment. He has great sense of humour, an encyclopaedic knowledge of music and a very calm, instructive demeanor. Since passing my test with him (first time), the techniques and tips that he has taught me during my lessons have set me up excellently to be a safe and knowledgeable driver.

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Lily Cragg

Lily Cragg Photo I’ve been trying to pass for a while now and had previously failed my test twice with other instructors. However with Kevin I passed first time with him with just 3 minors! Kevin is an amazing instructor and does not over complicate driving, and tailors his teaching to the individual. I would highly recommend Kevin, his lessons are always fun with lots of patience! Will miss our lessons.

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Kitty

Kitty Photo Kev is an amazing driving instructor. He’s super encouraging, and makes every lesson enjoyable. He put me at ease during me lessons, so much so they were the highlight of my week! I loved all his tips and tricks for remembering things - particularly because I was worried about how to remember everything. We also did several mock tests on the run up to my actual test which meant once I was in it, I felt surprisingly relaxed and knew what to expect. Passing my test feels amazing but I’m definitely going to miss having my lessons! I would recommend Kev to everyone. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better instructor!

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Ben Haggerwood

Ben Haggerwood Photo Over my time with 1st Driving School I worked with two different instructors Daniel Evans and Kevin Hopps. Both were extremely good, useful and comforting within my training and I would highly recommend the both of them.

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Lydia Verran

Lydia Verran Photo Kev has been so patient and fantastic throughout my whole learning experience. I never felt lectured, yet I continued to learn something new every lesson and he taught me all the way up to a first-test pass. The school picked me up and booked me in almost immediately after contacting them and I am so grateful for the school and Kev for accepting me and teaching me how to drive so quickly yet carefully! I always felt like my accomplishments were shared and have enjoyed every lesson. I would absolutely recommend Kev and 1st Driving School, very patient, attentive and supportive.

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Emma Ashley

Emma Ashley Photo My instructor from 1st Driving School, Kev Hopps, was absolutely fantastic right from the get go. He is always patient with me and encouraging and he is sensitive about my anxieties around driving. I have bad anxiety in general but Kev has helped me to believe in myself and my abilities whilst feeling safe knowing that he is right by my side. His honest approach is something I appreciate profoundly and I always know where I stand with him. He always communicates very effectively with me and he's totally upfront about everything. It's so important being able to trust someone like this and with Kev, I have never had to worry. He is very professional, punctual and dedicated to his job and it has been the greatest of pleasures having him as my instructor and right through to passing my practical test this week. I couldn't have found a better instructor than Kev, someone loyal, reliable, experienced, approachable and a true gem. I recommend Kev a million times over to anyone.

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Maria Fraser

Maria Fraser Photo Kev has been an excellent teacher from start to finish. He instructs in a very calm manner and will never patronise you for making mistakes. I felt completely comfortable, safe and confident in his car. Kev also prioritises his pupils and I appreciate that he fit me when he was very busy. I was able to pass first time even with long driving breaks due to Covid - Thank you so much Kev. The positive reviews on his page speak for themselves.

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Thomas Key

Thomas Key Photo 100% recommend Kevin Hopps from 1st Driving School!. I had previously been learning to drive with another instructor from a different driving school, but never clicked with him and he didn't seem that invested in my driving. He was happy to let me drive around without really giving me any guidance or support. After a friend recommended Kev, I got in touch. As soon as I started learning with Kev I instantly felt a difference in my driving. He helped me stamp out the bad habits I'd picked up previously and was brilliant in supporting me in the areas I struggled with. Not only is Kev's teaching style brilliant but he's patient, super friendly and makes you feel at ease behind the wheel. He'd always ask me what I'd been up to, how my kids were, what I'd been listening to, etc. Throughout my lessons he boosted my confidence and I went from feeling very nervous to really enjoy driving. I passed my test this week and can't wait to get on the road and drive with confidence thanks to Kev.

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Lauren Ward

Lauren Ward Photo I passed my driving test first time thanks to my amazing instructor Kevin Hopps. Not only is he a lovely guy, but also a great, patient teacher. I found him to always be reliable, and always willing to fit in lessons for me around my schedule. When I made mistakes I never felt judged, and I always felt comfortable and like I was in good hands. I looked forward to every lesson and had fun whilst also gaining so much confidence and learning a lot. From the first lesson to the day of my test he was so supportive and encouraging, and was genuinely happy for me when I passed. I’m definitely going to miss my lessons with him.

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Tara Seaton

Tara Seaton Photo A big thank you to Kev for helping me pass my driving test. Loved every driving lesson with Kev, he’s got so much patient and is always there to help with my worries about driving. He made me feel comfortable from the first day I had my driving lesson. Always reliable, 100% recommend Kev. I’ll miss my driving lessons and the laugh and chats we had, Kev your the best.

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Nicole Broome

Nicole Broome Photo I did my driving lessons with Kev from 1st Driving School and he was brilliant! He taught me to drive safely and helped build up my confidence behind the wheel, I would 100% recommend, he was always reliable and very professional but you can also have a good laugh with him which made the lessons even better! Thanks Kev!

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Wunmi Ajose

Wunmi Ajose Photo Truly first class driving school! I want to say a big big thanks to Kev. I’ve been trying to drive for about a year or so and have gone through my fair share of instructors and I can say he has been the best hands down. I was able to pass my test with only one minor with the help of Kev. He’s calm, relaxed and genuinely a nice person. If you’re like me and make silly driving errors be rest assured that you won’t be judged for your actions simply just taught on how to avoid the mistake occurring again and for that reason I never once felt uncomfortable while in the driving seat. If you’re looking to pass your test stress free Kev’s your man.

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Samuel Grantson

Samuel Grantson Photo Kevin is Amazing! I had my lessons with Kevin, the best instructor. I've even recommend him to some friends who are now having a similar positive experience with him. Understanding I'm dyslexic, Kevin exercised patience, taking time to understand my learning styles and came back with an approach which helped me pick up driving and balance distractions in no time. He even checked up on me to make sure I was mentally prepared for the test. I feel so lucky to have had him as an instructor. Even after passing I know who to call on for some extra hints and tips.

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David Morris

David Morris Photo I’ve been dealing with Kevin as my instructor for the last 5 months he has been completely honest and upfront with my driving. He is very passionate about his job and has been brilliant. If you need a top quality instructor Kevin is your man.

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Miran Faily

Miran Faily Photo I had Kevin and couldn't have been happier - down to earth, patient and a great guy! Thanks to him and his method I passed 1st time here in Nottingham! Recommend him to anyone who asks.

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Sadie Malla

Sadie Malla Photo Thanks to Kevin I have passed my driving test for a manual car. I was struggling to pass for some time, especially due to my working hours but once I started with this school, Kevin always made space for me in his diary to fit lessons into my hectic schedule. Kevin is a really great instructor, he is quite experienced and has a very learner friendly car. He makes driving look and feel simpler, his lessons are relaxed, and he is always encouraging us to better ourselves in every aspect of our driving to make us safer drivers. For instance, despite passing my practical test, on the way back, he would be showing me what I could have done even better when I am out on the road on my own. He generally cares. I highly recommend the school and Kevin if you are looking for a driving instructor who knows their stuff, and that too at an affordable price.

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Connor Kilner

Connor Kilner Photo Passed my test today thanks to Kevin. I Would recommend him to any new learners wanting to drive, he teaches incredibly well and has a lot of patience.

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Sean Hawley

Sean Hawley Photo So happy I passed my test would not have done it without all the help from my instructor Kevin Hopps. I felt relaxed and calm within the first ten minutes of being in Kev's car, very good and clear instructions and advice. He picked up on all of my faults in my very first lesson, feel like Kev takes driving instructing more than a job as it was just as overwhelming for him as it was for me today when I passed. I literally could not have asked any more from him brilliant bloke in general and amazing instructor. Thank you so much Kevin all the best.

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Paulina Ekman

Paulina Ekman Photo Kevin Hopps has been an amazing driving instructor. He's not pushy and made me feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel. His teaching methods fit me perfectly. He took me through a lot of different traffic and road conditions to teach me how to deal with them after I passed my test. This was extremely helpful.

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Kira Moore

Kira Moore Photo I would like to say the biggest thank you to Kev for his help and support over my time learning to drive, I honestly couldn't have done it without him. He was constantly supportive going above and beyond to help me and make sure my experience of learning to drive was a good one. If anyone is looking for an instructor I would more than recommend Kev!

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Angel Adey

Angel Adey Photo A big thank you to my driving instructor Kevin Hopps! He was brilliant, very patient and really helped build my confidence with driving. Would definitely recommend him and the driving school to anyone wanting to learn to drive :)

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Ebby Adereti

Ebby Adereti Photo I have just passed my driving test first time over the weekend and I would never have been able to do it without Kevin Hopps! He is such a calm and understanding instructor which is exactly what I needed after having 2 bad experiences with previous driving companies. I was able to boost my confidence within a number of lessons which had a significant impact on my driving. He knows exactly what he’s doing without being overbearing or controlling, which is the best way to learn. He’s a genuine person and instructor and I will not only be going back to him for motorway lessons but I will certainly be recommending everyone I know. Thank you again Kev!

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Allan Marr

Allan Marr Photo I dropped my details at the school and within hours I got contacted by Kev Hopps who ended up being my instructor and he was brilliant! Very good at assessing my skill level, finding out what needed improving and working on it till I was comfortable. I never felt like he was in it for the money, he wants you to be a good driver and he wants you to pass. He was good at quizzing me during my lessons on speed limits, what signs meant and building up confidence (especially when it came to roundabouts!) When it came to the test he made sure that I was calm during the lesson before and even it the waiting room we we're talking about bands we'd seen! I felt calm going in and helped me pass on the day. I can't recommend Kev enough, I had an amazing experience with him.

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Graham Smith

Graham Smith Photo Kevin Hopps was a great, easy-going and patient instructor. Lessons were always enjoyable, constructive and I looked forward to every one! I wasn't always confident, but Kev took his time to cover the aspects of driving I struggled with, putting appropriate faith in my ability, he was never controlling. I am going to miss his lessons for now but hope to return for motorway lessons with him at some stage! Thanks Kev.

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Russell Hudson

Russell Hudson Photo Recently passed with Kevin Hopps. He was very helpful, provided good feedback and his relaxed attitude made me feel comfortable from lesson 1.

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