Welcome to DVDS Learners

All about Dedham Vale Driving School

Learning to drive can be an exciting time so for that reason it's important to choose the right driving school.  At Dedham Vale Driving School we have experienced driving instructors, therefore giving you the option of who you learn with.  We have male and female instructors who teach in Colchester, Clacton and Ipswich and surrounding areas.  All our instructors are patient and are very supportive particularity for those students who may feel anxious about driving.

Your driving instructor will collect and drop you off from the prearranged location.  Our driving instructors teach throughout the days and evenings, as a result we can fit your driving lessons around your commitments.

Weekly Driving Lessons

Weekly driving lessons are a great way of learning to drive. We offer hourly driving lessons, one and a half or two hour blocks.
Alternatively, you may wish to increase the number of driving lessons per week.  You will receive high quality driving instruction on a one to one basis.  Your driving instructor will hold a DVSA ADI or a DVSA PDI licence.

During your driving lessons in Colchester, Clacton or Ipswich your instructor will perform at least one mock test.  This will make sure you are fully prepared and therefore give you the best chance of passing your driving test 1st time.

Intensive driving lessons

We offer various intensive courses in Colchester and Clacton depending on your previous experience and driving ability.  It can be hard to decide which intensive course suits your particular needs so as a result of this your driving instructor will take you out for a two hour assessment.  The assessment will take place in either Colchester or Clacton.  During this assessment, your driving instructor will be able to advise you on the hours required for you to reach test standard.  The instructor will also let you know if an intensive driving course is suitable for you.

You can take as many hours of tuition per day/week as you feel comfortable with, however we do not recommend more than 5 hours per day.  With this in mind, your intensive driving course will be catered to your individual needs.

Pass Plus

The driving instructors are 'Pass Plus' registered.  This means we can offer you further tuition once you have passed your driving test.  The Pass Plus course is designed to give you 6 hours more driving experience.  The course covers out of town driving, all weather driving, town driving, night driving, dual carriageway and motorway driving.  The course is designed to make you become an even more competent and confident driver.  Some insurance companies even give a discount of up to 25%.

Here are just a few testimonials about our team

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A testimonial from a DVDS learner.
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Thanks so much for all the help John, really have enjoyed lessons, even those early morning tests!!! I will try so hard not to blank you, and if I do then please feel free to shout out of

I would highly recommend using DVDS to anyone wanting to learn to drive. My instructors helped me to pass on my 1st attempt through their patience and friendly approach to teaching. They were flexible with the lessons, fitting them in around my needs. Many thanks to Kieran and Nigel for all their help!
Can it go wrong? Not with DVDS.

Thank you Hayley for teaching me so well - I've had lots of fun whilst learning to drive! Everyone at DVDS is so lovely and I've enjoyed learning to drive with them so much.

Another learner passes their driving test.

Today I passed my driving test and I wouldn't of been able to get this far without my AMAZING instructor Caroline! I would just like to say a huge thank you to Caroline for YOUR patience, kindness and encouragement towards me. Thank you for all the laughs too. I hope I didn't 'drive' you to much round the bend!! I would always recommend Caroline to anyone who is looking for a brilliant driving instructor.
See you on the roads,
Natalie xx

A learner in Colchester just after a driving test.

I suffered with terrible nerves in particular towards taking a driving test and having taken several tests 10 years ago and being unsuccessful I had given up on the idea of driving. However I recently decided to take up driving again and took an intensive course with the lovely Mandy. I am so pleased I did as after a course with Mandy I passed on my first attempt this time, with only a few minors. Mandy was a fantastic instructor, so supportive, encouraging and understanding of my nerves (and on occasion tears!!). Mandy helped me to build my confidence behind the wheel and I will certainly be recommending her to my friends and family in the future. Thank you for all your help

Another happy x learner.


Just passed first time with Simon from DVDS and I couldn't be happier. I would recommend the school (especially my instructor Simon) to anyone who wants to learn, I always felt comfortable and felt like I was constantly learning different tricks even on the day of my test I was learning. I wouldn't have had my learning experience any other way, if I go back to the beginning and choose again I would definitely choose DVDS.

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