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We are one of the best known driving schools in South-East London & Kent & have been established over 24 years! Whether you're starting from scratch or have driven before, we offer full 1 hour lessons with friendly male or female instructors local to you. All you need is your provisional licence, then let's get started. READ MORE...


Driving Lessons

The perfect gift for that special occasion. Our personalised vouchers can be sent to you or to the pupil directly & are the same prices as our regular lessons. You can pay with Paypal or by popping into our shop on Plumstead High Street.

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At 1st Time our instructors are trained to the exact standards of the Driving Standards Agency. Our Instructor Training is recognised by ORDIT. We support and encourage safe and eco-friendly driving.


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Instructor Training

Become a Driving Instructor

Thought about a change of career? Want to help make the roads safer? At 1st Time our ORDIT-registered instructor training course is one of the most comprehensive on the market. With one-to-one in-car training sessions combined with regular classroom meetings we'll take you through all the three stages it takes to become an ADI  READ MORE...

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Fleet Training


An essential part of any business where employees drive. Our fully qualified fleet trainers offer advanced driving courses tailor made to suit your company needs. Around 65% of accidents involve a company vehicle & the new corporate manslaughter bill means employers can now be liable READ MORE...

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Motorcycle Training

From the CBT to the Direct Access course if you prefer two wheels to four, our affiliate Alan Clark can help you. All you need is a provsional licence.


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Motorcycle Training

HGV/LGV/CPC Training

A car not big enough for you? Our affiliate Traindrive can help you get your lorry licence, whether it's category C (class 2 - rigid) or C+E (class 1 - articulated) , as well as the new Driver CPC. They also run trailer courses




We Are The Original 1st Time School of Motoring

1st Time SOM is one of the best known driving schools in south-east London & north-west Kent & we've been established for over 24 years! That's an incredible number of driving lessons! Over the years we’ve helped over 50,000 people to pass their driving test, gain confidence on the road or simply improve their driving skills. Check out our 'Look Who Just Passed page' to see some of our latest success stories.

With the current economic climate we've noticed an avalanche of new Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) & Potential Driving Instructors (PDIs) on the roads, all offering too-good-to-be-true deals. It's a minefield out there. How do you know which school is worth going with?

Established since 1989, with over twenty four years experience helping

over 50,000 people learn how to drive and pass their test.

We are not a national school with a call centre, we are a friendly LOCAL school

with two fully staffed offices:- One in Plumstead & one in Lewisham - the site of

the old BSM shop

At 1st Time SOM we pride ourselves in having vast experience of the industry whilst offering competitively priced driving lessons. We started back in 1989 with just two instructors working around Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Woolwich, Thamesmead Bexleyheath. We have now grown to over 45 male & female driving instructors in over 90 towns across the south east, which means there’s probably a 1st Time instructor living near you. Check out are areas page or scroll down this page.


We think you'll love having driving lessons with 1st Time SOM but how good are we? We think our track record speaks for itself but don't take our word for it - check out our Look Who Just Passed page to see our latest success stories.

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Areas covered by 1st School of Motoring

We cover South-East London & North-West Kent & are expanding all the time.

Our office is in Plumstead but our instructors live and work in all areas of SE DA & BR postcodes, so there's

probably an instructor round the corner from you. Check out our areas:-

SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5, SE6, SE7, SE8, SE9, SE10, SE11, SE12, SE13, SE14, SE15, SE16, SE17, SE18, SE19, SE20, SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24, SE25, SE26, SE27, SE28, DA1, DA2, DA3, DA4, DA5, DA6, DA7, DA8, DA9, DA10, DA11, DA12, DA13, DA14, DA15, DA16, DA17, DA18, BR1, BR2, BR3, BR4, BR5, BR6, BR7, BR8

Abbey Wood, Annerley, Balham, Barnehurst, Beckenham, Bellingham, Belvedere, Bermondsey, Bexley, Bexleyheath, Blackheath, Borough, Brockley, Bromley, Camberwell, Catford, Charlton, Chatham, Chislehurst, Clapham, Crayford, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Dartford, Deptford, Downham, Dulwich, East Dulwich, Elephant & Castle, Eltham, Erith, Forest Hill, Gravesend, Greenhithe, Greenwich, Grove Park, Hawley, Herne Hill, Hither Green, Honor Oak, Horton Hirby, Joyce Green, Kennington, Kidbrooke, Ladywell, Lee Green, Lewisham, Meopham, Mitcham, Mottingham, New Cross, New Eltham, North Heath, Northfleet, Norwood, Nunhead, Old Kent Road, Orpington, Peckham, Penge, Petts Wood, Plumstead, Rotherhithe, Shooters Hill, Sidcup, Slade Green, South Darenth, South Norwood, St Marys Cray, St Paul's Cray, Stone, Sutton At Hone, Swanley, Swanscombe, Sydenham, Temple Hill, Thamesmead, Thornton Heath, Walworth, Welling, West Dulwich, West Norwood, West Wickham, Wilmington, Woolwich


If you are unsure whether or not we cover your area, give us a quick call on 020 8317 9222 or 020 8852 3300, we'll be glad to help!

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Five reasons to contact 1st School of Motoring today:

  • We are a local company established over 24 years
  • We offer professional driving lessons at competitive prices
  • Male and female instructors local to you
  • Full 60 minute lessons with door-to-door service
  • Manuals and automatics available


Want to know more? For more information about any of our driving solutions whether it be driving lessons or becoming a Driving Instructor please complete the quick contact form or call us direct for a confidential chat.

Contact Phone number:   020 8317 9222 or 020 8852 3300