Observational training for Trainee instructors: As Ian provides training for people becoming instructors, if you are taking driving lessons you may occasionally have a trainee instructor sitting in the back of your lessons
ADI Check test training
Fleet and company car assessments and training
Refresher and Motorway Lessons
Driving since 1992
Instructor since 1999
Biography - Ian Sedgwick driving instructor
Tweenage twins keep me fairly busy when I'm not working!
Watching Formula 1 racing
I have been teaching learners since 1999, and training instructors since 2004. In that time I have trained hundreds, if not thousands of people to either drive or become driving instructors. I learned very quickly when I started the job that simply teaching someone does not involve firing a series of instructions. Instead, it is about building an understanding of knowledge with the pupil, whether that be existing or newly acquired, and then developing a way of transposing that knowledge into ability. As a result, I use many different teaching styles, and achieve an extremely high pass rate.
Since forming ELITE in 2008 I have striven to not only grow the number of instructors and areas we cover, but also to develop the quality of all our instructors and the services we offer as a whole. As a result we now have a team of excellent instructors that have all been personally chosen and receive 6 monthly training meetings and ongoing tuition.
In November 2017 I made the switch from manual to automatic tuition, due to the ever increasing demand for automatic instructors. This is due to the popularity and ever increasing affordability of automatic cars.
Matt Hills, Reigate, Surrey
"Ian was an amazing instructor, very patient and helpful would definitely recommend."
09 November 2023
Holly A, Redhill, Surrey
"I had refresher lessons with Elite Driving School after not having driven since passing my test 8 years earlier. The sessions were very helpful and exactly what I needed. My instructor, Ian, was approachable, calm, and adjusted everything to suit my level of experience and confidence. I would recommend his/Elite's services to anyone."
13 November 2023
A M, Horley, Surrey
"Had my driving lessons with Ian, was an absolute pleasure driving with him. Very professional and very friendly. Highly reccomend! Thanks Ian all the best! ????????"
11 October 2023
Will Donoghue, Redhill, Surrey
"Extremely good teaching from lovely instructors! Learned very quickly under Ian's tutoring. Highly recommended!"
19 August 2023
Rowan Carroll, Bletchingley, Surrey
"Ian is a fantastic instructor and I would recommend Ellite to anyone wishing to drive."
30 August 2023
Anya S, Redhill, Surrey
"Ian was amazing instructor helped me pas first time !"
23 July 2023
Eva Williams, Reigate, Surrey
"Ian has been an amazing instructor to me, having already learnt to drive in the USA I thought I was a pretty okay driver but I now feel like a significantly better driver and so so so much more confident. So thank you! He’s also been absolutely amazing at fitting me in for lessons last minute when I’ve needed them which I hugely appreciate :)"
21 July 2023
Monika Jozwiakowsk, Redhill, Surrey
"Ellite driving school instructor Ian taught and prepared me for my driving test. He used different sources as videos with show me questions, tablet and paper print manoeuvres descriptions. I was a very nervous and didn’t drive much in England but he made me confident not only to pass my test but to feel safely on the road. I would 100% recommend Ian as a instructor and Elite Driving School."
03 June 2023
Femy Francis, Redhill, Surrey
"A huge thanks to the excellent training by Ian and Elite driving school. Ian has always been so positive and patient and he thought me to drive safely rather than to pass test . Thanks once again for all the support."
19 May 2023
Liv Wood, Reigate, Surrey
"Ian is a wonderful instructor. always felt comfortable and at home in the car, taught me valuable skills! passed first time with no faults, thank you so so much :)"
05 May 2023
Charlotte Massetti, Crawley, West Sussex
"Ian mentored me through my part 2 and 3 of my ADI training. His knowledge and passion for the role of ADI was what lead me to pass on both first time around. Everything he taught me was thorough and so in depth and left me confident to teach a pupil from getting into the drivers seat for the first time, right through to test standard and everything in between. The Elite culture definitely stems from Ian’s passion and wealth of experience for not just the ADI role but everything surrounding the driving experience. I cannot recommend Elite enough, whether it be for someone looking to train for the ADI role or for driving lessons. "
20 March 2023
Brian Lynch, Crawley, West Sussex
" Part 3 PDI training Ian Sedgwick I worked with Ian on my recent part 3 success and can highly recommend Ian as a trainer." "His knowledge and insight into the job and how to do it are 2nd to none." "I learnt so much from this, things that were practical, useful and make being an ADI easier and therefore better for my students." "You may have tried the rest on your part 2…. Now try the best!"
26 March 2023
Jenna Patmore, Crawley, West Sussex
"I couldn't recommend Elite Driving School enough, I wanted to pursue my goal of becoming a driving instructor and had been at another school previously which I hadnt found supported me enough to achieve the end result, which is when I found Ian." "As soon as I met him, he encouraged me, supported me and passed on his years of knowledge which ultimately helped me pass my final test to become an ADI. So if you want to become an ADI I would 100% recommend Ian."
23 March 2023
Toyin T, Redhill, Surrey
"I passed my test with Ian at ELITE Driving school. Ian is a great instructor that has your success in mind and won't leave any stone unturned just so he can see you succeed. He not only teach you but will also help you boost your confidence in driving and generally on the road.. His method of teaching is amazing and it stands out. Elite Driving school is the best Driving ever. Thank you so much for all your great support and positive."
18 October 2022
Olajide Olajumoke, Redhill, Surrey
"I passed my test today in Redhill with Ian. He is really amazing , friendly and warm, and the best driving instructor in the area. His skills of driving helped me relaxed, I wish you the best Ian…you definitely deserve a Grammy award. Top man."
03 January 2023
Milesh Gandhi, Crawley, West Sussex
"My journey began when I was introduced to Ian Sedgwick I am now a qualified driving instructor with a totally different mentality when it comes to a safe style of driving and instructing. He is very thorough and methodical when it comes to his teaching methods he made me look at certain aspects of driving in a different way which helped me progress faster then I ever expected. If you are looking to change your life and take the step to becoming a qualified instructor then I would highly recommend Ian as a go to guy to get you in the best shape to change your life."
05 November 2022
Riccardo Massetti ADI, Crawley, West Sussex
"Ian has been an amazing instructor who has supported me every step of the way to becoming and ADI. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and has the right approach to teaching, ensuring that lessons are tailor made to the individuals needs. His genuine passion for everything driving and car related shines through. His approach is a mixture of professional yet friendly, and he has solutions to any problem you may face as a PDI/ADI as well as advice relating to anything surrounding the hurdles you face along the way. His training is thorough and he is clear on how close or far you are from your goals, giving you a realistic picture of your training journey."
09 October 2022
Anna Allahvedi, Sutton, Surrey
"I have really enjoyed training with Ian. He has abundance of knowledge and has been a great mentor. His patience, honesty and genuineness is unmatched. He has gone above and beyond all the time. I am grateful to have trained with him. Highly, highly, highly recommended."
24 July 2022
Ranjith Mony, Horley, Surrey
"I would like to convey my utmost respectt and thanks to my ADI instructor trainer Ian from Elite Driver and Instructor Training."
"I joined Elite, back in August 2021 with an intention of becoming a fully qualified Driving instructor."
"His training was tailored for my specific needs and as I had other commitments he was extremely flexible around my needs."
"His training techniques was easy to understand and worked with, he was patient and taught me all the skills I needed for my ADI part 3 Exam. I cannot express my how happy I am at passing on my very 1 attempt today."
"I won't hesitate in recommending Ian to anyone who is interested in becoming a Driving Instructor."
"Thank you Ian."
03 March 2022
Marc Hutchby, Crawley, West Sussex
"What can I say… Words don't really do this review justice! Right from the beginning Ian was and still is absolutely brilliant. Everything you could ever ask for in a trainer and friend, Ian is! He's a coach, a mentor, a motivator, a listener, a confidence builder, a kick up the backside when you need it and most importantly he's a friend. Someone to go to when you need that inspiration to keep going, and that everything will be fine no matter what happens."
"After lockdowns, restrictions and uncertainty Ian was an amazing support throughout and helped me every step of the way. The word legend is thrown around these days, but if there were to be one person I could call a legend for everything he has helped me with over the past 15 months… He's the one! I passed all 3 parts of my instructor training 1st time and I am so grateful I did my research before deciding on who to train with. Elite is just that, The Elite Driving School in the area and in every sense of the word!" "Anyone who is thinking about starting their driving journey, needs a few refresher lessons or changing career… Get in touch with Ian (and El in the office, she's the best too). It was the best thing I ever did in my journey to change my life and I hope it'll be yours too! Thanks again for everything Ian and here's to many years driving past each other."
23 March 2022
Nikita Vorontsov, Horley, Surrey
"Absolutely fantastic instructor - I had Ian and he has been the most patient but instructive..instructor i've had. I would recommend ELITE to anyone learning to drive whole-heartedly!"
03 December 2021
Mahwish Arshad, Crawley, West Sussex
"I want to thank Ian for being the best driving instructor ever. He is friendly and helped me gain confidence to pass my test. I highly recommend Ian to anyone who wants to enjoy their lessons whilst getting the best tuition. He is always on time, accommodating and highly professional. He did a great job of calming me down and making me feel comfortable, also going out of his way to plan lessons to help me become a better driver."
22 November 2021
Lakshmy K, Reigate, Surrey
"Thank you so much for your fast response, I really appreciate. I got mail from Ian."
20 October 2021
Jemima Brook, Reigate, Surrey
"Ian and Elite have given my daughter the best learner driving experience we could have wished for. My daughter passed with no faults. Throughout COVID restrictions, Ian has adhered to all COVID measures. Ian has been very flexible with lesson times and pickup arrangements. We can’t recommend Ian enough."
15 July 2021
Charley Nolan, Redhill, Surrey
"Elite driving school is perfect for anyone who is looking to learn to drive, I had Ian as my instructor and I can’t thank him enough for the amount of patience he had with me. There was countless times I got in to the vehicle and had no confidence.. But he would always change that within 2 minutes! Plus I passed FIRST TIME!" "Would definitely recommend Elite driving school!"
16 June 2021
Furkan Arshad, Crawley, West Sussex
"I started looking for driving instructor training after hating my previous role, I came across many companies promising the world with crazy low prices. Luckily I called Elite and spoke to Ian who recommended going for a coffee and a chat. This is where he quickly showed me what the role entails and showed me a realistic avenue. I’ve literally never met anyone in my life that’s so hungry to learn, Ian is highly knowledgeable and focused on the job at hand, he always comes up with multiple solutions for every scenario."
"Ian has been amazing from Day 1. Showing myself exactly what we were planning to do and how we were going to achieve it. We started a journey but little did we know we were going to be facing hurdles and lengthy delays along the way (Covid Lockdowns etc). Ian was fantastic working out easy solutions to get things done and prioritise, we had delays with the DBS checks but Ian made it productive while we were waiting."
"We then faced delays and busy periods trying to book my Part 2 tests. But Ian was great going out of his way to help me learn new areas where there was availability, forming simple solutions and sometimes even comprising his own time to help me."
"We had 3 separate incidents of setbacks with my Part 3. Ian helped emailing the PDI team and keeping me in the loop where I was worried about what was going to happen alongside the rest of the country, lockdowns were a mess but Ian did FaceTime calls reassuring me and going out of his way to keep me fresh and ready once that date came. Even little things like giving me car insurance guidance or finding the best car deals for me, he just went above and beyond where others wouldn’t even think of."
"Our journey wasn’t typical but it was made consistent and reassuring, Ian was flexible in timings and accommodating me when I was working or busy, gave me simple coaching advice to follow and ended up giving me a future. Ian isn’t an instructor, he’s a coach (when you realise this, the journey becomes easier), finding solutions where others don’t, that’s why he’s so great, knowledgeable and genuinely loves what he does!"
"If you’re not sure, call Ian at Elite, go for a coffee and change your life, Just Like Ian did for me."
Marylouise Fuller, Bletchingley, Surrey
"Highly recommend Ian. He is a great instructor very patient and easy to get on with. I honestly can’t fault the service I received."
14 October 2020
Jenny Walker, Redhill, Surrey
"I would recommend Elite Driving School especially the instructors PJ and Ian. They were my automatic driving instructors for just over a year after I struggled to learn manual. They supported me thoroughly and listened to every thing I wanted to do on my driving lessons especially near to my test date and allowed me to complete them. They were very helpful and regularly took me down different test routes so I could learn all the different routes that the examiner may take me. On the day of my test PJ helped calm my nerves. Thank you both."
24 October 2020
Callum Ware, Earlswood, Surrey
"I would recommend elite driving, Paul and Ian as they are both very knowledgeable, helpful and wonderful instructors 5* review from me."
08 December 2020
Mayur Joshi, Reigate, Surrey
"I started my driving lesson with Sue Garner, she is a brilliant driving instructor, I got a confidence to drive a car with Sue’s advices. She is super welcoming and assisted me in areas where I wasn’t confident with. Due to some personal reason I wanted to change from manual to automatic where Sue introduced me with Ian Sedgwick, I am thankful that he was able to provide his time during this pandemic and short notice. He’s amazing personality so calm and always telling you things deeply for better understanding. Ian taught me some techniques which certainly helpful in final exam and I have passed the test recently. Both Ian and Sue are super friendly and I would surely recommend Elite driving schools for new learners."
25 September 2020
Jade Harley, Horley, Surrey
"Highly recommend Ian at Elite, He was very professional and very patient and I managed to pass my test first time all thanks to him. Definitely recommend."
07 September 2020
Manazi Aleyas, Horley, Surrey
"Ian had been an amazing instructor.. I can thoroughly recommend him for anyone who wants to learn driving. From where I was, to being a successful driver, Ian has been a great support and motivation. Very professional and systematic learning process."
01 March 2020
Emily Lexie Parker, Redhill, Surrey
"I had Ian as my instructor and he was so patient and calm. He never once got stressed or shouted! The company managed to accommodate me very well. I started on manual with Jenny who was lovely but due to a knee injury I found the clutch painful to use so they got me switched to automatic which was a much better fit. There was no cutting corners with the instruction. Everything was completely by the book and very professional. Highly recommend Elite driving school."
18 February 2020
Charley Ball, Redhill, Surrey
"Had my first driving lesson on my 17th Birthday and has been brilliant from the start and my Instructor (Ian) was great. Passed first time! Thankyou!!"
20 January 2020
Praveena Keerty, Redhill, Surrey
"I was trained initially by Symon and then By Ian. They both were very good in identifying my weakness and helped me improve. They accommodated my last minute practical test plan and helped me pass with just one minor."
05 December 2019
Vanessa, Redhill, Surrey
"I found elite was amazing. I had previous driving instructors, which I wasn’t happy with. But Ian was amazing and I would fully recommend them."
13 November 2019
David Ellis, Reigate, Surrey
"Big thank you to Ian for getting me through first time. Very pleased. Sue is relieved I’ll be driving her to the hospital although I was kind of looking forward to the free ambulance ride."
14 June 2019
Tom Pearson, Reigate, Surrey
"I was fortunate to experience two brilliant instructors from Elite - Pierluigi and Ian. Both were excellent, calm, friendly, and very reliable. They were extremely attentive and clearly very experienced in identifying ways to iron out any difficulties and make driving smoother and safer. I would highly recommend. I was fortunate to pass first time and it was largely thanks to their skill and care."
31 April 2019
Viv Cole, Horley, Surrey
"I would like to say thank you to Ian my driving instructor. As an oap I thought it was time to carry out my driving lessons, it was some what nervous to begin with but Ian gave confidence after my first lesson. As my lesson progressed I became more confident as Ian was very patient and always very thorough. I would highly recommend Elite Driving School because due to the excellent coaching advice I was able to pass my test on my first attempt. Once again thank you Ian for being a great instructor."
13 April 2019
Fatima C, Godstone, Surrey
"I’m new to the country (moved from the states). So learning how To drive in the UK was a must, as driving is almost opposite in the states. My husband found Elite online and I took about 2 weeks worth of classes. All I need to say is that I am happy I went with them. Passed on my first try. The instructors were nice, very explanatory, and taught me everything I needed to know."
05 April 2019
Dierk Geen, ADI, Epsom, Surrey
"I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Ian Sedgwick at Elite Instructor training."
"Before coming to Ian in 2018 to help me with part 2 and part 3 of the ADI qualification, I had used a larger UK wide training company where I was disappointed with the lack of availability of the trainers and the over-intensity of the training regime."
"All this changed when I started being taught by ORDIT qualified Ian."
"Ian took the time and trouble to assess what I had and hadn’t learnt properly and proceeded to deliver each 2 hour lesson with a tight client-centred focus."
"The lessons with Ian included pupil role-plays; watching Ian teaching pupils whilst observing from the back seat; and being observed by Ian whilst teaching live lessons."
"The lessons also focused clearly on the three main areas of competence i.e. Planning of the lesson, risk management, and teaching and learning strategies; as well as the 17 lower level competencies."
"By the time I came to take my part 3, my level of teaching confidence was high and this helped to make the part 3 exam more relaxing and easier to perform well in. I passed."
"Once again many thanks to Ian and his team for all their help. I would recommend Ian to any one who wants professional help in becoming an ADI."
08 March 2019
Ella Geen, Epsom, Surrey
"My instructor was very calm and helpful, he didn’t make me feel bad about making mistakes so I didn’t lose confidence and recovered quickly. The service was excellent value for money, I felt that I was getting high quality teaching for a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend my instructor to my friends and I think that switching to automatic was the best thing I could have done!"
22 February 2019
Unarani, Redhill, Surrey
"Ian is the best instructor I have got my licence and I have tried others but he is the best."
17 February 2019
Elena Jfremova, Pullborough, West Sussex
"I want to thank my instructor Ian Sedgwick for all his valuable time and effort that he's put into teaching me how to drive. Ian was very patient, professional and his level of knowledge really boosted my confidence in driving. Couldn’t thank him enough for finally seeing me through my driving test. I'd highly recommend!"
01 February 2019
Ashraful Islam, Redhill, Surrey
""I had Ian as my driving instructor who is an excellent instructor, very patient and cares about the pupil and helps to pass the test. His teaching style is second to none, and sometime entertaining. He teach the most accurate driving behavior and the correct driving attitude, which would certainly benefit myself in much longer term than just to pass the test."
"So I definitely recommend Elite Driving School and Ian as a driving instructor - I cannot thank him enough for the time he has spent with me."
14 August 2018
Anan Achwa, Redhill, Surrey
"Thanks to Ian I passed my test today second attempt with 2 minors! Ian is a friendly instructor who works very patiently every lesson always making sure I focussed on areas I need to improve on to boost my confidence. He works very professionally and makes you feel at ease. I would definitely recommend- thanks again!"
14 August 2018
Maureen Dietz, Reigate, Surrey
"Thank you Ian so much for helping me with passing my driving test today. You are an excellent tutor, understanding and your patience with me was excellent. You gave me a lot of encouragement constantly, especially when I need the support. You always took the time to explain all my mistakes and talk me through each one. Your patience and calmness enable me to achieve my goals today."
"You are genuinely a Fantastic instructor and I really enjoyed learning to drive with Elite. I would highly recommend Elite. Your are Fantastic - Patient And Kind."
28 July 2018
Dennis Kong, Redhill, Surrey
"I had Ian as my driving instructor and he is fantastic to drive with. He's cheerful, calm, and always engaging throughout the lesson. However most of all he is always attentive to your strengths and weaknesses, and so he will work hard to ensure that you are perfectly fit to drive on the road and push you to improve your skills and confidence on the road! And today, I have passed my driving test with only one minor and it is all thanks to Ian's diligence, instructions, and encouragements towards me. So I definitely recommend Elite Driving School and Ian as a driving instructor - I cannot thank him enough for the time he has spent with me."
23 July 2018
Makeda Bennett, Kenley, Surrey
"I passed my test a couple days ago and had Chris as my instructor and he was absolutely amazing! Fully believed in me, worked on both my strengths and weaknesses, he was really patient and explained things really clearly. Took the time to really make sure I felt confident on the road. Would definitely recommend him as an instructor and Elite as a driving school."
03 July 2018
Sophie Taylor, Redhill, Surrey
"I have just passed my automatic driving lesson under the wonderful guidance and encouragement of Ian. His level headed, personal, professional nature is perfect for when you're learning to drive. His continual support and belief was so appreciated and made it possible for me to Pass!"
31 May 2018
Catherine Napora, Redhill, Surrey
"I would like to say thank you to Ian, for providing me with excellent lessons and always giving me feedback on areas where needed and I would highly recommend Elite Driving School."
20 April 2018
Chantalle Thorpe, Redhill, Surrey
"I would like to say thank you to Ian, for providing me with excellent lessons and always giving me feedback on areas where needed and I would highly recommend Elite Driving School."
20 April 2018
Nancy Oliver, Redhill, Surrey
"At the age of 42 I started learning to drive. For years I had been fearful of starting lessons so late but once I had started lessons with Ian it all started fitting in to place I learnt at a pace that suited me and fitted around my work and family. Ian encouraged me to push myself, he reminded me when I needed to do my online learning and knew when I was ready to take my theory and practical tests. Ian’s faith in my ability to pass was unwavering and when the day finally came I was on such a high! It has been a joy to start driving people around that have been doing the same for me for many years. Friends and family who have sat in my passenger seat have said how confident and assured I am when driving."
05 March 2018
Graham Benke, Bromley, Kent
"I decided that when I retired from the Police Service I would become a driving instructor. I began the training and was successful with my part one and part two examinations. I was advised to take lessons in preparation for my part 3 examination. I had lessons with a local driving school and I was told that I was ready to take the part 3 examination which I took and was unsuccessful. I felt that I had not been properly prepared for the examination and decided to try another driving school. I approached Elite Driving School and began lessons with them, firstly with Ian then with Garry. I immediately noticed a vast difference in the level of instruction and the organization of the learning it was a noticeable improvement from the previous school. I then took my part 3 examination when I was fully prepared passing with a 5/5 pass. I would always recommend Elite Driving for A. D. I. Training. I am now in the process of starting to become an Instructor with Elite."
03 January 2018
Absicles Cusick, Caterham, Surrey
"I PASSED! Severely dyslexic and dyspraxic....Ten years on and off of driving lessons .....8 and a half months pregnant..... just could not 'click' with reversing. I had only a two hour driving lesson with Ian before my test (booked for a completely different area!) During this lesson I gained some valuable tips, was shown helpful visuals, was given useful handouts, was put completely at ease, given a much needed confidence boost and finally my reversing 'clicked'! So much thanks to Ian for this magical two hour lesson. I passed with no faults and pulled off a perfect parallel park! Really well organised and resourced driving school that caters perfectly to people with learning difficulties!"
(5 Star Google Review)
Maxine Coldrey, Reigate, Surrey
"Very professional teaching, helpful office staff and good value. I was super happy to pass first time and I believe this was down to the great quality and thoroughness of teaching I received."
14 November 2017
Monica, Caterham, Surrey
"Ian is a fantastic instructor. Very patient and he helped me to get the confidence to take the test I wouldn’t have passed my test without him. Highly recommended very professional."
07 November 2017
Khadijah Sadaf, Redhill, Surrey
"Ian Sedgwick was my instructor I passed my test in one go. He’s really amazing personality so calm n always telling you things deeply for better understanding. Must say he is remarkable, fantastic, superb n everyone should approach him for best results."
02 October 2017
Chloe Collier, Horley, Surrey
"Ian helped me pass as soon as I could and no lessons were very useful as he was patient and understanding."
26 September 2017
Tim Fahy, Redhill, Surrey
"I had the joy of having Ian as my driving instructor and hands down believe without his encouragement and skill I would of not passed my driving test, even when it took me 4 attempts he didn't lose hope! I would 100% recommend elite driving school to anymore wanting to learn to drive."
16 August 2017
Beth Dukes, Redhill, Surrey
"I had Ian as my driving instructor, and he was brilliant, very efficient and organised, got me through to my test which I passed first time with 2 minors quickly, very friendly and supportive, would 100% recommend."
25 July 2017
Alixia Jumu, Horley, Surrey
"Good lessons, good value for money."
16 July 2017
Isabel Ince, Redhill, Surrey
"Thank you so much to Ian Sedgwick for helping me pass my test first time and with no minors. I would highly recommended as I was recommended from my friends who also passed first time with him. You really get your money's worth as you can learn so much from in one lesson as well as using tools such as the iPad which can give you a really good understanding and the confidence to drive. I really appreciate all the effort that was put in and now can't wait to be on the roads."
18 May 2017
Doriti Varga, Redhill, Surrey
"Great instructor, very much recommend!"
13 May 2017
Tom Charlton, Redhill, Surrey
"Passed first time after 23 lessons, good and fast teaching."
13 April 2017
Amann Mirza, Redhill, Surrey
"I passed my driving test this afternoon at Reigate with the help of my driving instructor Ian from Elite Drivers. He is a great driving instructor with high experience and patience, which gave me the confidence I needed in order to pass my driving test which I am very happy about. An overall good person and instructor, I would highly recommend."
13 April 2017
Sophie Long, Redhill, Surrey
Fantastic driving instructor! Helped me feel like a very confident driver! Highly recommend!
27 March 2017
More of Ian's Testimonials
"Amazing lessons which quickly gave me the ability to pass my practical with no faults at all. Also helped embed theory knowledge. Had a very friendly teacher. Would recommend."
8th February 2017
"Fantastic! Keeping the 1st time pass in the family with the help of Ian Sedgwick at Elite driving school. Very highly recommended!"
Jasmine Young, Redhill, Surrey
31 January 2017
"After 3 months of lessons with Ian I was absolutely delighted to pass my test yesterday afternoon. Ian encouraged me to be confident but safe on the road and this is something that will be ingrained in the way I drive for life. Each lesson was personalised for the aspects of driving I wanted to build upon and well structured so I could keep track of what I'd learnt each time- keeping a record card was really useful for this. I thoroughly recommend Ian as an instructor."
Eleanor Perrin, Horley, Surrey
23 December 2016
"Elite were amazing to learn with. My instructor, Ian, developed my confidence in driving and I have now passed and I'm so happy!! Thank you."
Phoebe Arnold, Chipstead, Surrey
05 December 2016
"Ian is a fantastic instructor and made me feel confident enough to do my driving test. He was so patient and calm, even if I wasn't! I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn; Elite has been great."
Natalie Earl, Redhill, Surrey
12 December 2016
"Ian provided excellent tuition and is a patient and calm instructor. Both daughters passed 1st time!! Would definitely recommend."
Angela Earl, Redhill, Surrey
12 December 2016
"Just like to recommend Elite driving and especially my instructor Ian. Made me feel relaxed from the beginning, and I have just passed 1st time."
Tayla Edwards, Redhill, Surrey
27 November 2016
"I am so pleased that I have passed my driving test today. I was so lucky to have Ian Sedgwick as my instructor. My husband also passed his driving test under the instructions of Ian and he actually recommended Ian to me. Ian is very calm and informative instructor with an excellent style of teaching. He is very patient, helpful and professional manor instructor. I would definitely recommend him to anyone."
Martyna Puczylowska, Caterham, Surrey
07 November 2016
"Ian has been a tremendous instructor. He is patient, nice and remains calm when he teaches and I really enjoyed each and every lesson. I was terribly nervous and never thought I could pass the test, but I eventually got there (third time lucky!). I would highly recommend elite to anyone who is looking for a reliable teacher."
Liann Cranham, Surbiton, Surrey
01 October 2016
"Ian has been a tremendous instructor. He is patient, nice and very programmatic when he teaches and I really enjoyed time spent with him. I am a terribly nervous driver and never thought I could pass the test, but I eventually got there with his help. I would highly recommend elite to anyone who is looking for a reliable teacher."
Andy Yu, Redhill, Surrey
14 September 2016
"Ian is the best driving instructor I have ever had and I am very lucky to have found him. He was clear, patient and detailed. I progressed consistently under his guidance and I'm not not only very happy to have passed but also very comfortable behind the wheel."
Sam Sheridan, Reigate, Surrey
08 July 2016
"Ian was my instructor and I would highly recommend him because he was so patient with me and of course very friendly. I had some very bad habits in driving and I wouldn't just leave them. He dealt with everything so patiently and made sure I am not inconsistent with mirror, signal routine. He is good with building up confidence of his students, I would recommend Elite (Ian, in particular) as an ideal school for potential learners."
Munira, Reigate ,Surrey
01 July 2016
"I had a fantastic experience learning to drive with Ian at Driving Elite. Ian's patience and ability to pick up on my learning style were priceless. He had a great knack for knowing exactly why I was going wrong and how to correct it, before I even knew why I was doing things! He has a great focus on increasing confidence, which is very important for learning to drive." "I'd recommend this company and Ian anybody. Great value for money."
Louise Commerford, Redhill, Surrey
27 May 2016
"Great service, made me feel comfortable as a driver and also couldn't of had a better instructor thanks again Ian great instructor!
Josh Harding, Redhill, Surrey
23 May 2016
"My son has been using this school in order to help him pass his driving test, since around February. Initially we encountered an issue, and after an email to the company, the issue was resolved by Ian S amicably and very quickly. Ian bent over backwards to accommodate my son. Their service and quality was really outstanding. I can honestly say that my son passed his driving test due to his commitment as well as with the guidance, help and instructions provided by Ian. He is an absolute star! I highly recommend Ian S and the Elite Driving School."
Joe de Abreu, Redhill, Surrey
21 April 2016
"I started my lessons in February 2016, after having bad experience from another driving school that taught me a bad habit. My instructor Ian gave me the confidience, skecting scenarios were I went wrong and explaining why that happened and telling me what I could have done. I owe it all to Elite which I highly recommend and Ian who was patient and helped me improve and doing mock tests which helped me a lot as I knew what would be expected of me on the day of the test. Did my practical today 21 April 2016 and passed first time, I never thought I would pass in such a short space of time as my theory test certificate expired soon."
Chavier De Abreu, Redhill, Surrey
21 April 2016
"My driving instructor Ian helped me so much throw our journey of diving together but the one thing that stuck was the perseverance to succeed in my driving he kept at me and at me and I got there 100% recommend them for your driving lessons one of the one :)"
Lukasz Solis, Redhill, Surrey
15 March 2016
"I went from 5 majors on my first mock test to passing first time with only one minor. Ian makes everything really simple and makes the test seem fairly simple."
Sam Dukes, Redhill, Surrey
14 January 2016
"I had a great experience learning to drive with Ian. S from Elite and was able to pass my test on the 2nd attempt. I am a nervous driver and had very little driving experience when I began with Elite and was also new to the country. Ian was a very understanding and patient instructor, who provided clear explanations during every lesson and positive yet constructive feedback to build my confidence up. I felt very comfortable learning to drive with Ian and my driving abilities increased significantly in a short period of time. Still can't believe I have passed the test! Couldn't have done it without the patience and support of Ian. Thank you Ian and Elite. "
Salwa Ali, Redhill, Surrey
31 December 2015
"The most relaxed and chilled out instructor around, Ian has been excellent throughout. Good sense of humour which makes you relaxed."
Michael Walker, Redhill, Surrey
06 December 2015
"I had my driving test on Saturday with Ian as my instructor. With terrible weather conditions, I honestly thought that I would fail. However, I kept calm and remembered all that Ian had taught me and I PASSED!!! I can honestly say that Ian is the best instructor - he's always clear with his instructions, very calm and patient, especially when I had troubles with the manoeuvres. He eased my understanding on how to do them properly and accurately which helped me gain confidence for the exam. I also liked the fact that Ian always tried to make sure that I had a lesson booked in every week, despite his busy schedule. This helped me learn how to drive progressively."
"As well as actually learning how to drive, Ian focused very much on how to drive SAFELY, which helped me become aware of possible dangers when on the road. I am very greatful to have had him as my instructor as he was also very supportive and helped me keep my nerves down minutes before the exam. I honestly couldn't have done it without him! :). I am very greatful to have had a brilliant instructor and will always remember everything that I have learnt and remain a safe driver. I strongly recommend Ian and Elite Driving School as they are a wonderful company to learn with! You won't regret it!"
Francesca Lazaro, Redhill, Surrey
09 November 2015
"Ian was my third instructor and by far the best one. He was always patient and helped me to built up my confidence and get rid of some bad habits "inherited" from the previous instructors. He was always happy to go through things I didn't feel comfortable with again and answer any questions. He also pushed me to book my test when he thought I was ready (even though I wasn't sure if I really was:), unlike my previous instructor who kept driving me around for months. I passed the first time with only two minors. Would definitely recommend Elite."
Kalina Dziekan, Redhill, Surrey
11 October 2015
"I took my driving lessons with Ian and was really happy with his tuition. He explained everything to me patiently and calmly, and was always happy to go through anything I wasn't confident with - remember the parallel park Ian! Passed first time with a couple of minor faults, absolutely delighted :) Can't thank Ian and Elite enough, brilliant driving school and would recommend them to anyone looking to learn. Cheers mate, enjoying the freedom!"
Tyrese Jhonson, Redhill, Surrey
07 October 2015
"Just passed my driving test today! I had Ian as my driving instructor and he was brilliant so patient with me, great at giving clear instructions and explaining situations to me and was easy to talk to! And thanks to him I passed my test! Highly recommended - especially Ian."
Sophie Bulmer, Redhill, Surrey
27 August 2015
"Elite driving were very professional and a good value for money. Ian was my instructor and did a really good job! Thanks again! (:"
Sam Clarke, Reigate, Surrey
06 July 2015
"Thank you so much to Ian, I have just passed my driving test after 3 months of lessons. I am 31 and have not driven a car for over 10 years, Ian was patient and always positive. Would definitely recommend Elite to anyone wanting to learn, so glad I chose them."
Lucy Gaida, Merstham, Surrey
30 June 2015
"Ian was a great teacher, always on time would highly recommend."
Kane Kackay, Redhill, Surrey
31 May 2015
"Really patient and identified the things I needed to work on quickly which helped me improve on my driving! Which resulted in me passing my test! Forever grateful."
Anna Zimbango, Redhill, Surrey
28 May 2015
"Ian had the patience of a saint! He was always calm and made me feel comfortable and relaxed behind the wheel which helped greatly. I hadn't driven for over 20 years and was quite nervous/stressed about learning to drive but Ian immediately me feel at ease from the start. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ian (Elite) to anyone thinking about learning to drive! Hope he'll still be teaching when my little boy starts learning to drive in 16yrs!!"
Victoria Robinson, Redhill, Surry
20 May 2015
"Absolutely loved learning with elite was with them for 2 years roughly and was very satisfied. Would recommend Ian as he is very lovely and a pleasure to learn with. Thanks again to Ian.
Bianca Boros, Redhill, Surrey
20 May 2015
"Elite Driving School were very helpful in teaching me how to drive and how to pass my test. My instructor Ian was easy to get along with and was never pressurizing. He knew all the stuff I needed and more and was always very professional."
Tom Hawgood, Redhill, Surrey
24 April 2015
"Took lessons with Elite Driving School after a strong recommendation from a family member and that recommendation was correct! My instructor, Ian Sedgwick, was brilliant, helpful and encouraging - everything you want in an instructor! I passed my test first time, which says it all really!! Looking to take the Past Plus soon."
Akash A, Redhill, Surrey
20 March 2015
"Great instructor that Taught everything that was needed for both the test and in some real life situations!"
Katie Field, Horley, Surrey
09 March 2015
"I'd like to thank Ian for his consistent patience throughout the course of my lessons. Having put off learning for a whopping 18yrs due to an intense phobia of ever putting myself behind the wheel, he had his work cut out. But I was amazed how fast he managed to make me feel confident and comfortable, and I'm still pinching myself that I'm a driver. He made the experience incredibly painless, particularly when faced with the challenges of working around childcare arrangements, part time work and baby due dates…. He made it easy. So a huge thank you Elite, and to Ian for getting me that licence and removing and need to drag 2x under 3's on to a bus again! (and a thank you from every local, long suffering bus driver and public transport passenger too. Thanks)."
Lucy Reid, Redhill, Surrey
01 March 2015
"I had a fantastic time learning to drive with Elite, the teaching is great and they're very patient when you get things wrong! I was lucky enough to pass my test this week and I thank my wonderful instructor Ian for that! Would definitely recommend Elite."
Alexandra Earl, Redhill, Surrey
12 February 2015
"Without a doubt, the best driving school around! Ian built my confidence up and took away my hatred for the dreaded parallel park :) Was pushed to book my theory and practical when my instructor thought I was ready, I felt reassured on my test day - couldn't have wished for a better learning experience! Thank you :)."
Karuna Askoolum, Redhill, Surrey
09 February 2015
"By far the best decision I have ever made was using Elite to help me drive! I had lessons with Ian and he was amazing!! Iv never had a better teacher! He was very patience with me, would talk me through every manoeuvre, and gave me great knowledge about the road. Thank you Ian and Elite."
Duncan Christian, Redhil, Surrey
31 January 2015
"Thank you so much to my brilliant instructor Ian for helping me pass! He was reliable and very very patient (which as a nervous student, was very important)I would definitely recommend Elite!"
Bethany Taylor, Redhill, Surrey
08 January 2015
"I found Mr. Ian very generous and highly patience person, help me to adjust timings of my own choice, some time I personally feel some difficulty in understanding and learning but he explained and teach me very generously. Found him very friendly, professional and highly patience guy. I would strongly recommend to my friends."
Ambreem Tanvir, Redhill, Surrey
04 November 2014
"Couldn't recommend Elite Driving School and my instructor Ian enough. His patience and calm attitude (despite some near collisions at the start) was very reassuring and with his help I have grown in confidence as a driver and succeeded in passing my test first time. I will definitely be coming back for some motorway lessons soon."
Oliver Harvey, Reigate, Surrey
23 October 2014
"Ian was a great driving instructor and helped me to pass my driving test. Lessons were well structured and tailored towards my needs. Ian covered not only the skills I would need to pass my test, but also practical skills and techniques such as parking in a parking bay. I have recommended Ian and Elite to friends and family who are also learning to drive."
Mike Leverington, Horley, Surrey
22 October 2014
"Ian was my driving instructor and I can't thank him enough for his exceptional service. Ian is an excellent driving instructor who made me feel very calm and relaxed in all of my lessons. With his guidance and calm instructions it made learning to drive an easy and enjoyable experience. I would like to say a massive thank you to Ian and Elite Driving School and I would recommend both to anyone!"
Kerry Alexandra McGivern, Redhill, Surrey
10 October 2014
"Ian was a fantastic instructor. I was really anxious about learning, having had two instructors from other schools who were not very patient. With Ian, he calmed me down, taught me so much and got my confidence growing every lesson, until I passed my test with only 3 minor faults! I feel that I am now a safe and confident driver, and that he taught me skills and techniques that will stay with me for ever! Sarah, Horley."
Sarah Gabriel, Horley, Surrey
03 October 2014
"A massive thank you to Ian and Elite Driving school. The help and guidance I received was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Thanks"
John Bevan, Horley, Surrey
31 July 2014
"Just passed my test today and had Ian as my instructor. One of the most patient people I have had the pleasure of meeting and even tho I have passed my test i'm a little bit sad to know that next week I wont be learning to drive with him.. A***** Driving instructor and thank you Elite driving :-) Mike."
Mike Huggett, Redhill, Surrey
12 June 2014
"I had Ian as my instructor and could not say a bad thing at all against him or the company, everything was taken at my own pace and to my ability, I would recommend Elite Driving School to anyone, and would like to thank Ian for being a quality instructor."
Scott Hiley, Merstham, Surrey
19 May 2014
"Very professional driving school with good deals offered. Instructor (Ian) very punctual with regard to lessons and good techniques used in order to help as much as possible. Very helpful, friendly and patient in all aspects of the learning process. Thank you, highly recommended."
Lauren Young, Redhill, Surrey
25 April 2014
"My name is Drew Ayonmike. I want to say thank you to Ian, with his great guidance and flawless tuition. Ian and driving school made me feel comfortable when I was driving, which in turn lead to my success yesterday. I would recommend this to anybody."
Drew Atonmike, Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate, Surrey
10 April 2014
"These guys are all you need. Ian was real patient, flexible with times and a great instructor, couldn't have passed without him. If there's any driving school that has the best value for money, its these guys."
Casey Jumu, Horley, Surrey
12 March 2014
"An excellent service. Ian was very helpful indeed and always accommodated when lesson times had to be changed."
D Arnold, Coulsdon, Surrey
06 February 2014
"Elite driving school is brilliant. They have time and patients with their pupils and are very good at what they do and could not thank them enough for helping me pass my test! I'll recommend them any day.... "
Liam Ware, Redhill, Surrey
03 February 2014
"Very good teacher, I felt comfortable driving and when it came to my test I was very relaxed. I was taught everything that could possibly be taught not just in the test but all the other skills needed to become an independent driver. Overall I was very please with my instructor and the cost was much better than my original instructor!"
Mark Scrimshaw, Redhill, Surrey
29 January 2014
"I passed my driving test today, big thank-you to Ian for helping me get there. Started of very nervous but gained confidence because of his help. Would recommend to anyone!"
Philip Gooding, Redhill, Surrey
12 December 2013
"Ian is an excellent driving instructor, I learnt a lot from him as he gave me many good tips for driving, Which I use now in my everyday driving. I passed first time thanks to Ian and I would recommend him and the company to anyone."
Ryan Martin, Caterham, Surrey
28 November 2013
"Passed my driving test today! My instructor, Ian, was great and always had useful driving tips to offer. I'd previously delayed starting lessons due to nerves, but Ian was very patient and helped me build up my confidence. Thanks!"
Mehreen Mohammed, Merstam, Surrey
14 November 2013
"Just passed my test today! I was with the AA for awhile making no progress and dreading every lesson. After my first lesson with Ian, I felt confident and really started to look forward to the next lesson. Passed first time and I would definitely recommend Ian and Elite to anyone wanting to learn. Thanks again to Ian for getting me on the road!"
Daniel Lewis, Caterham, Surrey
18 October 2013
"I had Ian, he's a very nice guy and great instructor. Calm when I did something bad and got me passing in 2 months. I recommend them greatly."
Zak MacKay, Redhill, Surrey
21 May 2013
"I had Ian teach me to drive and pass my test and I would highly recommend him and Elite, Ian was very thorough in teaching good road skills and very patient with mistakes."
"Elite are very adaptable to your schedule and are a great choice when choosing driving instructors."
Bryce Scott-Jones, Redhill, Surrey
19 April 2013
"Had lessons with Elite, passed first time thanks to Ian. He was a great teacher and prepared me for the test really well. Thanks again."
Mark Hartley, Redhill, Surrey
12 February 2013
"I am so happy I picked Elite to learn to drive with. Ian is a fantastic instructor. Even when I made silly mistakes he stayed calm and coached me through what I needed to do. He was always encouraging which was a great boost to my confidence. I could not recommend Elite enough. Thanks to Ian I passed first time and couldn't be happier! If you are going to pick a driving school this is definitely the one to pick!"
Anne Fahy, Redhill, Surrey
14 January 2013
"I am very thankful to Ian for teaching me how to become a safe and confident driver. I would never ask for any other instructor, Ian is very patient, calm and skilled teacher. Not to mention their office staff, who are always polite and helpful whenever you call them. Elite Driving School is worth recommending to anyone."
Sharon Lazaro, Redhill, Surrey
"Hi, I had my lessons with Ian, he was very patient and explained things really well. I felt comfortable driving with Ian and he was very re-assuring. I have just passed my driving test and I would definitely recommend this driving school. The price of the lessons are worth that as the quality of the lessons were brilliant! "
Annmarie Wallace, Redhill, Surrey
ELITE Driving School were fantastic, being quite nervous my instructor built up my confidence. My driving instructor Ian was patient, reassuring and helped me to resolve any problems that came up with my driving. I constantly recommend ELITE to new drivers. Thanks to Ian I passed my test and feel confident and safe driving.
Leeanne Knight, Redhill, Surrey
I couldn't be happier with the service I received from ELITE. I would describe myself as a nervous driver and I have previously had lessons with other schools; however no-one was as patient, calm and straight talking as my ELITE instructor. I have now passed and I find that I am not only a confident driver but I understand much more than I ever thought I would about the principles of driving!
Kim Clinch, Redhill, Surrey
I'd previously taken lessons with three other firms; once when I was 17, again when I was 20 and a further time when I was 25. I was sure I'd never get to a level where I would be ready to take a test, as each time I started lessons, I struggled because I was a nervous driver. I found that my instructors lacked the patience and at times the general know-how to help me deal with my issues. My ELITE instructor was superb from lesson one, and quickly ironed out the main problems that were causing my insecurities in a car. Within five or six lessons I was already feeling more confident behind a wheel than I had ever felt before, and after just fifteen lessons I put in for a test and passed first time!
David Cox, Banstead, Surrey
Learning with ELITE was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Teaching was friendly and patient which helped me to build up confidence in my driving ability and any mistakes I made were worked on to ensure I improved. Thank you for all your help in enabling me to pass my test!
Adam Bitmead, Croydon, Surrey
I'm currently learning with ELITE and am extremely pleased with the level of service received every session. During every lesson, I am told what I need to work on, and what I am doing well at, which helps boost my confidence. My instructor is also very flexible and patient! I have recommended ELITE to several new learners.
Aimee McDowell, Reigate, Surrey
I was not a natural driver. I had a few driving instructors previously but my confidence was not growing and I still felt really apprehensive and hesitant in the car. I had failed one test and felt that I was going to be one of those people who would have to take their test 20 times before passing. After having a few lessons with my ELITE instructor I started to feel a lot more comfortable and in control of the car. He let me repeat the same aspect of driving again and again until I felt happy that I could do it completely independently. He really broke it down so I could drive very methodically until it became more natural. When I took my second attempt at the test I felt so much more relaxed and ready compared to the first time. I was so pleased that I passed and a lot of it is down to my instructor and the patient approach he had towards me.
Michelle Fox, Tolworth, Surrey
Thanks so much for the driving lessons. For the first time I was happy to wake up early on a Saturday morning. Thanks for getting me through the test first time and staying calm through the whole thing! I have total freedom now and it's an amazing feeling, now I can easily get out of school and go to parties Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights! I'll keep driving like you taught me and stay safe.
James Jackson, Dorking, Surrey
I was taught by an ELITE instructor in 2005, and found him to be an excellent instructor. He was clear, efficient and friendly, and I passed my test in no time, thanks to him.
Richard Devonald, Southfields, London SW18
I only started learning to drive at the age of 29 and was quite apprehensive and nervous at first, but my ELITE instructor was very calm, patient and reassuring. I never felt under any pressure, and the lessons were enjoyable (the time passed so quickly, I definitely recommend two hour lessons). The instructor gave me plenty of confidence so I felt very prepared for my test.