About Us

We at Driving School Chester can offer you a choice of female or male instructors. All our instructors are trained to our exacting standards and use all the latest client centred learning techniques, tailored to your individual requirements (as per DVSA guidance).

Our patient and highly trained instructors will tutor you in all aspects of driving, including pass plus, motorways, night driving, adverse weather, coping with distractions, navigating the Mersey Tunnels, whether you choose manual or auto.

We pride ourselves on our excellent pass rates and that 90% of our business is generated by recommendation from successful pupils. To become a safe driver for life contact Carol or Ian to discuss your requirements.

Owner, Driving Instructor & Instructor Trainer

Carol Hetherington

Before becoming an instructor I was a Civil Servant and then a Senior Operations Manager in Banking. Although I enjoyed my role in banking, the birth of my children made me look at my life differently. I needed more flexibility as I was missing out on too many important life events! So over 10 Years ago I re evaluated my life, left the bank and took a leap and became an Instructor. During this time I undertook additional training and became an instructor trainer, then in 2016 when the boys were older, more independent and less demanding I decided to set up Driving School Chester. I love teaching people to drive as it gives them more options in terms of work, freedom to see friends, family, and have a more varied and active social life. Becoming an instructor trainer I have been able to the change lives of the instructors who can now have both greater standard of living and a greater work life balance!

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Operations Manager

Ian Moran

I began my career with the civil service in 1979, it was only meant to be a temporary job whilst I worked out what I wanted to do with my life! In 1995 I met Carol whilst we were both working for the department. I undertook numerous roles within the department until I took early retirement in 2015 to spend more time at home supporting the boys with their studies and enabling Carol to expand the business. I continue to support the boys with their studies and undertake all of the operational support and administration that is involved with running the business.

Driving Instructor & Instructor Trainer

Caitlin Godfrey

My career began in the Civil Service working in Training where I learnt how the impact of change and learning new skills can make people feel. I realised the learning experience could be uncomfortable and usually came from an earlier experience. I moved into teaching working with children with specific learning needs to help promote an early positive learning experience. I learnt the value of how others learn and how to overcome barriers. In fact, there are no barriers just different ways to look at things. My instructor training came after realising I was a nervous driver and that my daughters were reluctant to get in a car with me. I took lessons, my theory and driving test again and understood why I was nervous. I was hooked then and enjoyed driving again. My drive is in helping others face barriers, look at ways to manage them and use those strengths in driving.

Digital Media Coordinator

Laura Stredder

After finishing my degree in Media, Culture and Communications at Liverpool John Moores University, I was faced with the daunting, yet exciting, challenge of finding my very first full-time job. I am a creative and innovative person, so I knew I had to find myself a position that enabled me to use these skills daily and to develop them even further. After searching for what seemed like forever, I found DSW’s advert and instantly knew this could be the challenge for me. Using the digital skills I already have, I will be developing the portal further by adding to the existing content, for example filming how to safely tackle complex routes, junctions and much more. This will further expand the online learning platform and support the in car and instructor training, enhancing teaching and modernising the learning experience for customers. I am so excited to begin this new chapter of my life and career and I am so glad it is with a team like DSW.

Lead Driving Instructor & Instructor Training Support

Mickey Harrison

Before becoming a driving instructor I served in Her Majesties Royal Navy for 10 years as a Bomb disposal diver where I was faced with difficult decisions on a daily basis.

I loved my job but it was a very difficult and demanding role and as much as I enjoyed the role I knew I needed to make changes as I missed my family and friends and my work life balance was all wrong.

The later years of my Navy career I moved into training were I was still able to use my skills but I was now able to share my years of experience with new recruits and up skill other bomb disposal divers. This teaching experience made me think again about my future and that of my family. It gave me the idea of looking for a career outside the navy that still allowed me to teach, was challenging and rewarding and that I knew would make a difference to people and I wanted to do each day.

I initially trained and qualified with another company. Becoming a driving instructor was a great decision for both my family & I.

Had I not left the Navy when I did and began this journey I might never have met Sara. Meeting Sara and starting our family has led me to reevaluate my priorities.

I now get to see my family grow up, can be there for the schools runs and support my partner Sara in her career too. The job is very flexible and gives me a great work life balance to see both my family and friends. I enjoy teaching, I meet new people from all walks of life, I face different and challenging situations on a daily basis, but most of all I feel like I am still making difference and keep people safe.

I was introduced to Carol and the Driving School Wirral team/group of schools through a family member. Although happy at my previous school I was looking for a fresh challenge, wanted to become more involved in other aspects of teaching and more importantly wanted further development and the support that Driving School Chester offers both instructors and their customers. So to enable me to do this I have undertaken a programme of training sessions with Carol to enable me to teach/coach/mentor the DSW/DSC/DSL way. To date this is one of the best career decisions I have made joining a highly professional, family friendly and operated driving school.

Driving Instructor

Katy Maddock

I was the youngest female driving instructor in the UK when I qualified and to date I still am. I completed my A levels and went into retail, I loved the job but always felt there was something missing and resented the restricted hours and lack of any real job prospects and security unless I stayed in retail for many more years and followed the traditional career path. This was also considered an unusual career choice by my family because everyone in my family is involved in teaching! So after a few years I decided I wanted and needed a change and made the decision to become an instructor, so after all I have followed in the family footsteps and entered the world of driver education. I contacted my old driving instructor and he put me in touch with Carol and I have never looked back. I have a great work life balance and love teaching people to become safe drivers for life.

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Abby Joyce

I have spent my working life in the hospitality industry, working front of house in both the UK and overseas on cruise ships working as Guest Services Associate and working my way up to Guest Services Senior Supervisor. After 3 years, I decided to come back to land and started working in the property industry. I then thought about starting a family and a job that would give me flexibility to go along with parenthood. It was then I decided to start my journey as a driving instructor. I love meeting new people and always knew I wanted a job were I could help people achieve their goals. I met Carol and knew right away that joining the DSW was the right fit for me.

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I began my career in the Civil Service, working for various departments, but due to staff cuts I sadly had to leave. From there I did a lot of different jobs, trying to find something I enjoyed, but this was difficult as I really didn’t know what I wanted to do.

I trained to be a tattoo artist, did a stint in the armed forces, but was still not happy. I decided to enter in to transport, within the removal industry, where I stayed for twenty five years.

With old age setting in and the knee joints creaking I knew I needed to embark on something, totally out of my comfort zone. Then when the pandemic hit, that reinforced the idea of becoming a driving instructor, so here I am. In between all of the above I even found time to fit in five children, most of which are now grown up.

I met with Carol and instantly new that Driving School Liverpool was a school I wanted to join. Their family values aligned with mine and I knew I’d enjoy working with this great team!

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