Topclass Driving School

Company Overview

Topclass driving school are a well established and trusted driving school specialising in driving tuition and driving instructor training and was established in 1998. Over the past years, we have grown to be one of the most popular and successful driving schools in the Medway area of Kent. We pride ourselves on our expert driving tuition and instructor training services. All our driving instructors are DVSA approved and fully DBS checked. We provide manual and automatic driving lessons on a weekly basis, intensive driving courses, pass plus courses, refresher and motorway lessons for full licence holders, right through to driving instructor training for those wishing to become an Approved Driving Instructor. Our driving instructors cover all the local and major test centres in Kent.

Become A Driving Instructor

Become your own boss and work locally as a driving instructor. Choose the days and hours you wish to work with our Driving Instructor Training Course. You can train around your current commitments, and we have several payment packages to suit.

As a local family business, we very much have a vested interest in your future. It’s important that we not only offer you the very best training to become a fully qualified driving instructor but also guarantee you the opportunity of a position with our very successful Driving School once qualified should you wish to accept it. Alternatively, you may wish to launch your own business and be completely independent, the choice is all yours.

First and foremost your success is our success. Becoming a driving instructor is no easy task, you will need a good quality and structured training course. Our training course gives you 70 hours of training.

This is broken down into 6 hours of Part 1 (theory) this part of the course will build a good foundation of knowledge essential for moving on to the part 2 and 3 stages of training. You will be supplied with all the DVSA recommended study books (8 in total), plus a hazard perception DVD and most importantly the superb part 1 home study guide by Phil Hurst. The guide will give you a very logical and structured approach to assist with your learning.

14 hours Part 2 (driving) - 14 hours of practical in car training to assess and continually improve your driving standard.

You will be supplied with a part 2 driving manual which gives excellent advice on what the examiner will be looking for during the Part two exam and also record sheets in order that you can keep track of your private practice in between sessions with your trainer.

Once passed you will be expected to drive to a very high standard at all times (especially in a driving school car, when you never know who may be watching you). Once passed, you will be in the top 1% of drivers in the U.K.

50 hours of Part 3 (instructor training) - The Part 3 course consists of 50 hours of tuition in a very structured manner you will receive a part 3 instructing manual with invaluable information to guide you to success.

In the manual you will record your progress to continually recap on strengths and weaknesses. You will also receive a briefing CD, visual aid folder to help with presenting lesson plans. Your instructing manual will contain the 40-hour syllabus laid out in such a manner that you can see clearly what lessons will be covered and when they will be performed.

Crucially, there will be an additional 10 hours to recap any weak areas. Most training companies will provide ONLY the basic 40 hours with no chance to recap before the final exam.

We offer a full training and support package and in order to maximize your learning all your training is carried out with the same trainer on a 1-2-1 basis. It’s for this reason we can only accept a limited number of trainees on the course at one time. Our ethos has always been to offer quality for a few rather than conveyer belt training for the many. We offer a refund policy at any point of your training, for whatever reason. So you can be confident that we want to work with you to make sure you are choosing the right career path with the right training provider.

Franchise Opportunities For Qualified ADIs

We are looking for Fully Qualified ADIs to join the Topclass Driving School team. We offer several franchise packages including full and part time. All our franchise packages Include full office support

We will provide a stationery package including flyers for you to promote your business A4 posters if required Progress & Appointment cards and business cards. And your own profile page on our Web sites.

Your Vehicle will be professionally signed and personalised with our Topclass livery including the top box and we cover this cost as part of your monthly Franchise fee.

You can have the freedom to work the hours you want, to fit in with your personal life and the flexibility to run your own business, with as much or as little support from us as required all at a very competitive weekly price.

You can choose your own postcode specific areas to work in and we currently work on a no tie in contract basis with just a months’ notice.

We’ll provide you with a continuous supply of new pupils, helping you build a local client base in your area.

We believe we offer the best franchise deal in the industry. No one will give you the level of support and development training that we offer on a local basis. We offer a true franchise and not just a pupil referral service.

  • No Tie in contracts
  • No Franchise to pay until you have received at least 10 pupil referrals (full franchise) and 5 part time franchise
  • Online pupil booking diary
  • 2 hours of familiarization with our working practices.
  • Quarterly meetings with training.
  • 2 weeks per year franchise free ( 1 week part time)
  • Free personalized stationary
  • Pupil credit card payment facility
  • Online pupil theory and hazard perception testing
  • A bespoke marketing strategy, tailor made for your local area
  • Full office support
  • Full instructor support and development advice
  • Guaranteed Pupil Supply
  • No pupil referral fees

If you are an ADI or PDI who wants to be part of this fast growing Driving School. Contact us now to discuss your requirements.

Reviews

A Grade ADI for 12 years

One of the best things about being a driving instructor is that you take a pupil that has never driven before and show them the skills they need to drive safely for life, watching them grow in confidence is so rewarding. I still get a real buzz out of seeing my past pupils driving by, and also love hearing from them as to how they're getting on with driving, and life in general.

Being a driving instructor is a job that requires, not only a professional approach, but flexibility and patience, but along with that the perks are that you are the one who decides how many pupils you have, and how many hours you work per day/week.

Being with Topclass you still have full control over your diary, with no pressure to do more than you want, Tim never pressures you in any way, but on the other hand, if you need more pupils you need only ask and he will send more your way until you tell him you're diary is full.

All in all I have found working with Tim and Topclass to be a positive experience from day one of my joining. You would be very hard pushed to find a better driving school to be franchised to than Topclass, you only have to ask around about Topclass' reputation.

So come on ADI's and PDI's, what are you waiting for? 🙂

Keith Babbs
July 3, 2017

Why do people become driving instructors? It can be for varied reasons, change of profession, self-employment and increase/reduction in working hours.  Whatever the reason I can say that, on a personal note, I enjoy this role very much and as I am my own “boss” I can work the hours to suit my lifestyle.

It is very fulfilling to teach a total beginner up to the stage when they pass their practical driving test. The knowledge that you have taught that pupil to the best of your ability and to have the pupil pass their test is very fulfilling.

Anyone can become a driving instructor after passing the relevant instructor tests.  However, since the instructor will be dealing with all types of pupils the instructor must have a manner that allows for all different types of pupil – from the extremely nervous to the overconfident who may need to be calmed down. The pupil must be put at ease and importantly should enjoy learning to drive.

If working on a franchise basis, it is important to find a driving school that has a good reputation, is competitive within the industry and one with who you can build a good rapport.

I am a franchisee with TopClass driving school and can honestly say that this company is second to none:- professional, well respected and extremely fair to all their instructors.  I have never struggled to have enough pupils provided as with some other driving schools and the franchise fee is extremely competitive.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this occupation especially with such a respected driving school as TopClass.

Matt Paton
July 3, 2017

Becoming a driving instructor gives me the freedom to choose when I work which enables me to keep a good work /life balance. I am my own boss and in control of my own diary. I am proud that I am teaching people to drive safely, it is a very important life skill which so many of us come to rely on. Starting new drivers off with the knowledge of how to drive correctly and safely is the key to creating better drivers and making the roads a safer place to be.

ADI training with Topclass is Brilliant and has improved my confidence as well as giving me the skills to teach people to drive. Training is fun as well as informative and very thorough. the course includes all the training materials you need to help back up the practical training and you receive good support throughout. One quality about instructor training with Topclass is that all in car training is on a 1 to 1 basis, so you receive your full quota of training without having to share the car with other trainees. I would definitely recommend Topclass for your driving instructor training if you are considering a career change which enables you to become your own boss.

Emily Elms
July 3, 2017

I used to have my own driving school and Generating pupils and the other things outside the actual teaching can take the pleasure out of the job.

Now i franchise with Top Class and i can concentrate on providing the best teaching  and lesson environment for my pupils. And with no outside pressures to deal with you can concentrate on the teaching and for a small weekly fee Top Class will provide as many pupils as i want.

The big thing about being a driving instructor is the freedom and flexibility to do as many or few hours as you want.
One of the biggest thing for me is the satisfaction i feel when a pupil passes their test and this never gets old.

Then with a simple phone call to Top Class a new pupil to replace the one you have just seen pass.

If you want more pupils Top Class will provide them .meaning you can do as many or as few hours as you wish.

Then there is the money if you work the hours you can earn very good money,or if you want part time money then just work part time hours.

The freedom to choose is yours with Top Class.

Andy Rogers
July 3, 2017

I have worked as a driving instructor for nearly 17 years, I have seen a lot of changes in that time, but one thing that's always the same is the great feeling I still get of seeing my pupils pass, thinking I did that with a tear in my eye as I also know that this is goodbye as I wish them safe driving for life....

But you meet new pupils / people, no two lessons are the same, the variety of work every day is sometimes challenging but rewarding ..as a career with great earning potential and flexibility it's better than a 9 to 5 job.

Working over the years at various driving schools I have found Topclass school of motoring to be the most  easy to work with, no stress easy go environment, need help with pupils or standards test coming up need some advice or just a chat perhaps just a bit  of reassurance, or working flexibility needed that's what I like about Topclass it's more like a good mates environment than a business environment.

Tej Haur
July 3, 2017
Katy Munn
July 3, 2017

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