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“I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because I was new to the area and didn't know which driving school would be the best. On researching the driving schools around Orpington I noticed that Matt Shurmer Driving School had very good reviews. When I emailed to enquire about the availability and structure of the lessons, I received a comprehensive response almost immediately! The initial contact was very positive. I initially had a few lessons with a manual car but I decided to switch to automatic. I didn't know what to expect, but the personalised teaching approach made it easy for me to progress well with learning. Once in the driver's seat for the first time, the experience is totally different. I was nervous and didn't have confidence, but Matt was very reassuring and encouraging which instilled confidence in me. Matt's teaching methods are easy to follow, remember and apply. He's very professional, motivating, gives credit where its due and he's very patient with learners and understands that people learn differently. He is also flexible with his lesson times should the need arise and is always punctual for lessons. He communicates effectively and in good time. Without a doubt I would recommend Matt and Matt Shurmer Driving School to anyone looking for value for their money and for solid training in the fundamentals of driving. I can't think of anything you could have done differently. Please keep producing more good drivers!”
Customer Reviews Automatic Swanley Connie R
“I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School as my girlfriend had used your services and recommended me to do so. I was honestly really worried about driving and Matt restored my confidence. Learning to drive went one million times better then I ever expected. Matt’s teaching methods were great, constantly giving me advice on what to do in each situation and getting me used to any situation that could occur on the road. He thoroughly went though everything I had to do to improve. I would recommend you to anyone who asks, mainly because learning to drive went so much better then I thought it ever would. The way your method of teaching gives the learner confidence is great. I had no issues at all with Matt Shurmer Driving School and am so happy I chose your school.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Sidcup Max W
“I found Matt Shurmer Driving School through Google. I’m really pleased I chose to go with Matt Shurmer Driving School because Matt made me feel very comfortable and at ease. I’m quite a nervous person, and Matt always calmed me and reassured me that I was doing good. I can’t thank Matt enough for all he has taught me- I've already recommended him to my mum! Thanks Matt!”
Customer Reviews Automatic Orpington Lizzie G
"I decided to approach Matt Shurmer Driving School as they had great reviews. Matt was my instructor and he was very supportive all the time. He was always very patient and understanding if it took me more than once to get something right. Lessons were well structured. Matt’s teaching methods were easy to grasp. I would definitely recommend Matt Shurmer Driving School and would 100% recommend Matt as your Driving Instructor- he’s absolutely amazing!"
Customer Reviews Automatic Bromley Nutan N
"I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because my sister had an excellent experience with your instructor Kelly. Learning to drive was easier than I expected and I didn’t really find it tough or frustrating. Kelly's teaching methods were very relaxed and upbeat which made me not feel stressed or scared when driving. I would recommend you to my friends because Matt Shurmer Driving School helped me become a confident driver and I wasn’t nervous. Nothing could’ve been done better as I always felt relaxed and confident."
Customer Reviews Automatic Sevenoaks Adrienne O
"I found Matt Shurmer Driving School on Facebook which has a 5 star rating in the Orpington area. Matt replied to me very quickly. I was pleased to be learning to drive with Matt. It was the best experience compared with other instructors I had before. Matt was very easy to understand and working really well. I would definitely recommend you."
Customer Reviews Automatic Swanley Chushi L
"I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because I had seen their cars around a lot and also I had 2 friends who had used them before, both highly recommending them. I always expected that learning how to drive was going to be difficult for me as I am heavy handed and have very little coordination. I started by leaning in a manual, and quickly realised that I would be more suited with automatic, as it would be one less thing to worry about. Once I started leaning automatic with Matt, I was much more comfortable. His positive approach built up my confidence and I was finding some things easier than I thought they would be. Matt was a very positive teacher that made me feel comfortable with little worries. Some aspects that I was finding hard with other teachers, like manoeuvres, he broke down into small easy steps that made it much easier and less daunting. I will definitely be recommending Matt Shurmer Driving School to anyone looking to drive. They have great instructors that have made learning to driving fun and a lot simpler than I thought it would be. Overall, I was very happy and feel that there was nothing that could be improved with my experience with Matt. I went on the motorway for the first time last weekend and have been thinking of doing that Pass Plus scheme, or at least some motorway lessons. Once again, thank you so much for all your help. You made it a lot easier than I thought it would be - I got there in the end!"
Customer Reviews Automatic Sidcup George H
"I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because I read the reviews. When I called, I spoke to Jazz and she was so helpful and extremely efficient, so it's thanks to her that I went with you guys. Learning to drive was everything I expected and more. Kelly was amazing. I couldn’t of wished for a better instructor. I would definitely recommend you to anyone wanting to drive. It has truly been amazing from start to finish. Absolutely nothing needs to be changed. I would just like to say thank you so much again to Kelly - I couldn’t have done it without her. Her support and guidance is second to none. Thank you Kelly truly."
Customer Reviews Automatic Welling Jo-Ann P
"I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School as they offered automatic lessons. It was the best decision I could have made because my instructor Matt was fantastic. He is a wonderful teacher who is patient, reassuring and made me feel like I could achieve. There were a few wobbly moments, but he wasn’t phased and helped me overcome them quickly. Matt is a really lovely man and I am so grateful to him for helping me pass my test first time. Thank you Matt for everything!"
Customer Reviews Automatic Orpington Lizzie J
"I chose the Matt Shurmer Driving School because it had become highly recommended by a number of friends and offered automatic lessons. I was extremely nervous to start but learning to drive on an automatic really helped overcome the nerves.
Despite being nervous, Matt was able to put me at ease with his calm demeanour, effective instructing and great conversations. Matt was always firm but fair. He never sugar coated when I made mistakes, but he was also quick to mention when I had done well. It was a great balance between praise and understanding my own mistakes, which created an incredibly productive learning environment. Learning to drive with Matt has made me enjoy driving and become a more confident driver than I thought possible. My experience and those of my friends have all been so positive that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Matt Shurmer's Driving School to anyone and everyone who wants to learn how to drive."
Customer Reviews Automatic Sevenoaks Jess M
“I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because it was a well established, reliable, flexible, reasonably priced company in the area I was based. I was also very impressed on their response time when I contacted them in regards to taking me on for lessons. All the information you could need is clearly stated on their website. I enjoyed learning to drive! My driving instructor Matt took my previous experience into consideration and worked alongside me to help me progress further and pass my test quickly. He was very supportive throughout. The experience was better than expected. Matt's teaching methods were very straightforward and easy to grasp. He was always very patient and understanding if it took me more than once or twice to get something right. He always gave good explanations as to why we did or didn't need to do something keeping the process fun and light-hearted with some bad Dad jokes along the way. I have already recommended the driving school and Matt in particular to five individuals who are interested in learning to drive within the next year and will continue to give credit where its due. I can't help but sing Matt's praises enough and couldn't fault him and his commitment. I may be biased but I cant think of anything that could of been handled better.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Welling Charlotte G
"The main reason I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School was because I saw his website online and all the good reviews. Learning to drive was a lot more in-depth than I thought it would be. Matt's teaching methods were excellent. He is really friendly, patient and helpful. I would definitely recommend you to others because it's been a really great service. Nothing could have been done better - everything was good!"
Customer Reviews Automatic Ashford Grace H
“I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because it had very good customer reviews. Learning to drive made me feel very nervous, but when I joined this driving school I felt very calm due to a very calm driving instructor. Matt’s teaching methods helped me very much and it made everything seem easier. I am very happy with what I have learnt. 100% I would recommend you to a friend. Excellent customer service, very calm during lessons. There’s not anything else to do better I would say - I am very happy with everything and excellent service. I would give Matt Shurmer Driving School 5 stars. Thank you for your help.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Swanley Margaret R
"The main reason I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School was because a friend suggested them to me. Matt, my instructor, made my driving lot easier for me to learn because of his great patience. There is no doubt that Matt’s teaching methods were absolutely fantastic. I would definitely recommend you to my friends & family to learn with a safe and experienced instructor like Matt. Thank you so much once again for your patience - absolutely marvellous!"
Customer Reviews Automatic Sidcup Dolly T
“I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because I liked what was written on the website about automatic driving. Learning to drive was similar to what I expected. Matt was a brilliant teacher. I felt completely at ease and when I did something wrong I didn't feel embarrassed. I would definitely recommend Matt Shurmer to my friends. I enjoyed the style of teaching and felt supported. The easy to change lesson times helped too.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Orpington Katie B
"I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School as they were recommended by a work friend. I also found the website easily accessible and it had a friendly feel with the use of pictures. It also showed a high first pass rate! Learning to drive was much less stressful than I had imagined. Although I was nervous a lot, reassurance was always given and I was never made to feel silly or incompetent. Having mock tests and driving regular routes was a great help and really had a positive impact on my driving experience. Matt is a great instructor. He was always so patient, friendly and kind. His methods were fantastic and suited my learning style completely, from finding ways to remember manoeuvres, to gently prompting me to remember what I had already learned previously. Matt always responded quickly to queries and always found time to fit me in for lessons. I would definitely recommend Matt Shurmer Driving School to family and friends; the quality of teaching during lessons was amazing. I felt safe at all times during lessons even if I was nervous, which is reassuring for first time drivers. The patience and skill provided during lessons and my very positive experience with Matt, would urge me to recommend this driving school to anyone wanting to learn how to drive. Honestly, I cannot fault any part of my experience. Matt always managed to organise lessons around my work pattern and kept me informed of any changes. The teaching style was perfect for me and Matt is amazing at his job, managing to teach, de-stress and keep me smiling at the end of every lesson. Thank you so much for giving me such a positive experience during an otherwise stressful time."
Customer Reviews Automatic Erith Emma P
“I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because I was looking for a local instructor who could teach me quickly in an automatic and one who would be patient with me given my lack of confidence. I rang a few companies up but I was really impressed with the quick and professional response from Matt. This professionalism continued throughout my learning experience which was structured and had defined goals explained to me throughout. I always felt Matt had my best interests at heart ensuring that I progressed at the right pace for me so that I didn’t spend more on lessons than I needed to. Matt instilled good driving skills in me from my first lesson and taught me to be an intuitive driver but whenever he saw that I needed extra guidance with a particular aspect of driving he gave me the techniques to use which really helped. Matt gave me all the knowledge I needed to do my test and pass first time! I would recommend Matt Shurmer Driving School to anyone looking for an instructor who is professional, friendly and one who will cater their teaching to your individual needs.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Bromley Rebecca R
"The main reason I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School was because of their availability and good reviews. The price and experience of the instructor were also important factors. Learning to drive was more difficult than I expected, in order to excel in driving. Tony is very experienced and knowledgeable. He gives you lots of useful tips and is always on time and patient. I would recommend you to others."
Customer Reviews Automatic Sidcup Ye Y
"When I was choosing driving school, most important for me were: locally based, automatic gear box (this actually wasn't easy to find and you were one of only few companies who could offer that). My other criteria was I wanted a male instructor. I'm nearly 40 and was thinking I would probably never will be able to drive, but I decided to try. I was very lucky to get Tony as an instructor. He is very calm, patient and very experienced driver/ instructor and it was exactly what I needed. I would definitely recommend your driving school and Tony Walker as an instructor. I didn't have any single cancellation or delays during. And I passed from 1st time!!! I think it says a lot about quality and attitude. Thank you."
Local Automatic Customer Reviews Swanley
"My most important criteria when choosing my driving instructor was to find someone who I got on with and understood the way they taught, Tony was exactly that and I'm happy I got the chance for him to teach me. The other factor was for him to understand my needs and how to teach me which he done really well. There was a lot more to learn than I expected however I new there was a lot to do and we go through it. I found Tony's teaching methods very helpful and I took into consideration a lot just by the way he taught me. I would highly recommend you to others because you have great teachers and good experienced teacher that are friendly and have helped me pass so quickly which im so happy about. You couldn't have done any better even if you tried I am so pleased with your service and my teacher I appreciate the time and effort you have put in with me."
Customer Reviews Automatic Bromley
"I found Matt Shurmer Driving School through phoning number of different schools. I chose Matt as he came across as very kind and honest. While learning to drive with Matt I felt very relaxed and at ease."
Customer Reviews Automatic Orpington
"I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because of their reviews and pass rates. I felt really calm and confident learning to drive with Tony. I thought I would be nervous and all over the place, but I wasn’t at all in any of my lessons that I did. I found Tony’s teaching methods very useful and he made driving a lot more easier to learn for me. I would definitely recommend you to others because you have a very good pass rate. Nothing could have been done differently - it was all great."
Customer Reviews Automatic Bromley
"I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School as the prices seemed very competitive and they bent over backwards to fit me into their schedule to get me driving as soon as possible. Although I am an experienced driver in another country, the lessons were invaluable to help me properly prepare for the unique test environment of the UK. Matt made the lessons enjoyable and his calmness was reassuring. I would highly recommend Matt and his driving school. In fact, I am booking him in to teach my children in a few years when it’s their turn to learn to drive. Good luck Matt!"
Customer Reviews Automatic Bromley
“I chose Matt Shurmer Driving School because of the good reviews I saw on the Facebook page and the website. People told great stories of how your company helped them pass and get on the road so I decided to get back to getting my licence and chose your driving school to do it.
I came to the driving school having already attempted to take a test and failing with a previous driving school. However the approach to learning with you was fantastic and I felt like it was a very supportive and efficient environment to help me pass this time around. It really gave me the confidence back in my ability to drive and helped me in passing my test.
Matt was excellent in how he taught me. He was always supportive and gave me very good tips, advice, feedback to improve and support in how to drive, and more importantly, how to drive as safely as possible. He was also a very pleasant and friendly instructor which really helped my confidence in driving.
I would definitely recommend Matt Shurmer Driving School to friends. The teaching I experienced with the company is fantastic and I get the sense they really care in helping drivers succeed.
I don’t think there is anything that could have been improved upon. I received the highest level of instructing in my opinion and I hope everyone after me feels the same!”
Automatic Customer Reviews Nick K
"I chose the Matt Shurmer Driving School because they came highly recommended by friends. Learning to drive was as I expected. I was looking for a good instructor which I got. Matt's teaching methods were professional and friendly - he is amazing at his job. I have already recommended you to my friends. Nothing could have been done better - everything went well."
“The main reason why I chose the Matt Shurmer Driving School was because of local reviews and the reputation they have in the area. I expected the lessons to be more theory based than they were but within 20 minutes I was on the road and putting the theory into practice. The practical approach supported by the theory documents along the learning process was very helpful. Tony’s methods were considered and effective. He took into account improvements needed in my driving and ensured we were targeting these throughout the lessons. I would happily recommend Tony to anyone learning to drive. His approach saw me pass first time so can’t be faulted. I’ve never been too great at constructive criticism but I made the right choice in driving schools here.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Max N
“The main reason why I chose the Matt Shurmer Driving School was because I heard about you from a cousin. Learning to drive went much better than I expected. I found the teaching methods helped a lot. I would recommend you because you’re very polite and helpful. In my opinion you couldn’t have done better.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Sean T
“I expected learning to drive would be a challenge but I found it to be enjoyable as well as challenging at times. Tony’s teaching methods were great. He would we always listen to my concerns and would take them on board to help me become a better driver. You could tell that Tony adapts his teaching methods to different students. This is great because everyone learns differently. From the start he was patient and encouraging and this remained consistently throughout the learning process. I would recommend Matt Shurmer Driving School because of the enjoyable experience. The number positive reviews speak for themselves. I can’t really think of anything that could have been done better.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Tanya L-T
“Learning to drive felt harder than I expected but as I got better it was close to what I expected- it took getting used to! Tony’s teaching methods were very easy to understand and I like that he never took short cuts. I can definitely say I’ve been taught the proper way for everything. I would definitely recommend to my family and friends! Tony’s way of teaching us great! And I’m very glad to have been recommended by my sister who was recommended too.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Mariam S
“Driving was definitely more complicated than I expected initially. It just felt like there were so many different aspects I had to focus on, whilst also improving on my overall control of the vehicle. Tony is a straight no nonsense instructor, who won’t sugar coat around any issues. This makes for the perfect environment as you feel properly prepared to tackle not only the driving test, but make you aware of what it takes to be a safer driver in general. He does this all in an easily understandable, relatable and informative style. I would definitely recommend Matt Shurmer to my friends- it’s an effective service with completely fair policies, which are perfect for anyone hoping to pass their driving test. I had a pretty perfect experience, having past 1st time.” Customer Reviews Automatic Stephen N
“I found learning to drive to be a lot more challenging than I expected it to be. For me personally, my nerves were the biggest challenge to overcome. I didn’t expect to find learning to drive as nerve racking as I did. Tony’s teaching methods are exactly how a driving instructors should be- he adapted to the individual. Every student is different, and requires attention to different areas. Tony adapted to my needs from the 1st lesson and continued those teaching methods on every lesson depending on how I was feeling throughout the whole lesson and he saw that through to the end result, which was a 1st time pass with 1 fault. I have also had a bad experience with a previous driving instructor, which was definitely not up to the standard that I personally needed, if I’d had the recommendation of Tony to start with I would have gone with him, and in hindsight, I wish I would have been able to start and finish with Tony. I would definitely recommend you to a friend and I would personally recommend Tony because of the way that he had helped me overcome the difficulties I’ve experienced so that anyone else that may find themselves in my situation, can have an instructor that can tutor them like Tony did with me. I can’t actually think of anything that could have been done better because I have had an even better result that I’d hoped for, pass my driving test 1st time with 1 fault, which when I first started learning to drive I couldn’t see the end result at all.”
Customer Reviews Automatic Holly M
“I expected learning to drive to be a lot more hard and intense than it actually was! I found that Tony’s teaching methods were very clear and easy to follow. Step by step instructions meant manoeuvres were easier to learn. I found that reviewing a mistake also helped me to improve in the rest of the drive. I would definitely recommend this driving school to a friend as it has great instructors and is reasonably priced.” Customer Reviews Automatic Rebekka W
“I was always quite excited to learn how to drive, especially when seeing all of my friends and family pass their own driving test and then continue to buy their own cars. But once I had actually got into the car, I was a bit apprehensive as I feared my driving might cause harm to myself or even worse someone else. Tony reassured me by teaching me how to control the car if that circumstance ever occurred. As such, this put me at ease and allowed me to enjoy the experience. Tony was very patient with me as I tended to forget the methods, but we went over them again and again until it stuck, especially when it came to manoeuvres, specifically the parallel park. But the more I practiced, the better I became, and I even started to enjoy myself. Tony always helped me to realise what stage I was at when learning how to drive, and letting me know how close or far I was from actually taking my test, which was important to me, as it was something my previous instructor had not done. Hence my decision to find another- something of which Tony took into account when teaching me, and as such, I could clearly see the effort he had put in to make me to feel comfortable and assured with him. I would definitely recommend Tony to my friends and have already done so to those who are considering learning how to drive. It was honestly a great experience for me… 5/5 stars from me!” Customer Reviews Automatic Amber B
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