I have been an approved driving instructor for over 20 years. I have worked for both national and local driving schools, and have experience in many different areas of the industry, including manual and automatic tuition, instructor training, mobility training, and training of military cadets.
I am easy going, tailor every lesson to my pupil's needs and abilities, and strive to make every lesson enjoyable.
I have now focused my business on Automatic driving lessons due to the increasing demand from pupils wanting to learn in an automatic. This seems to be due to the increasing availability and affordability of smaller automatic cars, as well as modern automatics with trip-tronic style gear boxes which have similar control and economy as manual cars, but without the added stress of having to worry about balancing and controlling the clutch pedal.
Emma Cummings, Billingshurst, West Sussex
"I passed today, first time! Andy Kirby has been a great instructor, and has taken me from terrified stuck at home mum to now having the freedom of the road! I’m totally over the moon!"
20 June 2019
Yasmin Cheung, Horsham, West Sussex
"Hi Elite, I have just passed my practical driving test today and would like to send you a testimonial for my driving instructor, Andy Kirby. Thank you very much for finding me an amazing driving instructor, it has been a pleasure using you!" "Andy is such an amazing driving instructor! He is so friendly and makes the lessons very enjoyable and relaxed yet so professional at the same time. We have had fun and knowledgeable conversations and all my nerves about driving just goes away. I have learnt so much from him and have found his feedback notes at the end of the lessons very helpful, especially with his experience as an ex-driving examiner. He has been amazing at identifying my weakness and bad habits and have helped me so much in fixing these. He has also been so patient when I make stupid mistakes and helps explains to me where I go wrong and therefore helped me focus on these areas. I’m a slow learner and my practical skills aren’t usually that great either and I have always been worried about driving (more worried than when I was doing my university exams!), but with Andy expertise, patience and guidance, I have become more confident in my driving skills and was over the moon when I passed first time round and will continue on my adventure of continually learning and improving my driving skills! I really appreciate all that Andy has done and would highly recommend him to others!"
11 February 2019
Victoria Skilton, Horsham, West Sussex
"Thank you so much Andy!!! I am 40 years old and tried a few times in the past to get my driving licence, but gave up after a few lessons every time. Unfortunately I lost my father in a car accident and was petrified about even being a passenger, and could never envisage myself driving. Andy is very knowledgeable in his field; and many others.. HA!! Lessons felt relaxed but Andy also challenged me when necessary to get me to the required standard. I was able to fit lessons around my schedule and in just a few months I am proud to say I was successful. I would highly recommend Andy from Elite Driving School."
24 November 2018
Agnieszka Engler, Redhill, Surrey
"I passed my test on Tuesday and was over the moon! Andy is the best instructor I had, I had been through about 3 instructors and none were working. Andy has incredible patience, knowledge and a fab personality and it help so much with my nerves. I am really grateful to Andy for helping reach a milestone. I am going to do pass plus and am looking forward to it. My weekends aren't going to be the same without Andy! Highly recommend Andy."
14 October 2018
Thavaneya Sivakanth, Horley, Surrey
"I passed first time!Just want to say a thank you to Andy Kirby! Good instructor and I would highly recommend. Thank you again."
24 August 2018
Emma Richmond, Redhill, Surrey
"After taking manual lessons a few years ago, I changed to automatic lessons and was with one instructor for over 6 months and was not progressing at all and picking up bad habits from him which completely lowered my confidence in driving this made me feel worried about booking a test. I luckily found Andy and I learnt so much more than I ever did with my old instructor and made me feel at ease and actually enjoying going to my lessons. I would definitely recommend Andy, he's a good teacher with a great sense of humour, I passed first time last week with 1 minor, which I am amazed by, all thanks to Andy :)."
12 June 2918
Jeremy Snith, Horsham, West Sussex
'Andy was my instructor and was brilliant at both his teaching of what was needed and also identifying my weaknesses and how to rectify them. Added to which was his great sense of humour and his calm authoritative manner. I can't recommend him highly enough.'
09 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
Helena Clarke, Reigate, Surrey
"Andy was a great instructor, really put me at ease when I was driving and helped to boost my confidence. So glad I picked elite and got Andy and very grateful that he helped me pass my test."
17 March 2018
Keeley, Crawley, West Sussex
"After several failed attempts in a manual and a 2 year break I was nervous to get back behind the wheel but Andy made me feel relaxed with his sense of humour and patience. Over the moon to pass my test this morning and would be more than happy to recommend Andy to any of my friends/family."
19 February 2018
Jazzmine Thomas, Horsham, Surrey
"Andy Kirby was my instructor, after a year with an instructor who completely ruined my confidence and made me anxious to drive. Andy was patient and reassuring! He's super friendly and I looked forward to my lessons, a year ago I never thought i'd of passed my test but a year later I finally done it and I couldn't thank Andy enough!"
03 January 2018
Stephen Zeng, Reigate, Surrey
"I started the training with lots of bad habits when I picked up while going around in my own car. Andy at Elite was very knowledgeable and at the same tie so patient with me. I liked his direct but effective approach. Bit by bit I got rid of the habits and built up my confidence. I passed my test at first attempt. I would not have dreamed of that without the help of Andy. Thanks a million!"
08 December 2017
Zainab, Horley, Surrey
"I am very impressed by this driving school! ANDY is a great teacher, he was very patient and professional. He give me really good advice about driving and productive Critism which helped me to pass my test. Amazing teacher. Would definitely recommend if you really want to pass your test."
17 November 2017
Thomas Pilgrim, Redhill, Surrey
"Passed first time thanks to having Andy Kirby as my teacher. He gives you the confidence from the moment you start. I'd highly recommend him, pleasure to learn with and never a dull moment whilst learning, making it an enjoyable experience rather than a nervous one like I previously found when I tried learning a few years ago."
03 August 2017
Ogun Akbulut, Redhill, Surrey
"I have started taking lessons from Andy Kirby few months ago, today I have passed my practical driving test!"
"After working with 5 different instructors, I was lucky to find and work with Andy. Since I met him I have learned a lot. He has always been on time for lessons, easy to contact, and shown new techniques to be a good driver."
"I will miss his sense of humour."
01 August 2017
Callum Thomas, Horsham, West Sussex
"Passed my test first time thanks to the help of Andy Kirby. He gave clear instructions/suggestions about my mistakes and things I needed to look out for, so I knew how to improve. Great for nervous drivers as he was always patient and composed. Very friendly and answered any questions I had."
19 July 2017
Amy Rands, Billingshurst, West Sussex
"I have just passed 1st time with only 4 minors all thanks to Andy Kirby. I had lessons 7 years ago and my confidence was really low so I gave up I started lessons with Andy in March he put me at ease straight away he was always so patient with me and my confidence grew. I will miss his sense of humour and constant jokes!"
16 July 2107
Salim Kassongo, Redhill Surrey
"Just passed my test first time with elite thanks to Andy for being a great instructor, not only does he properly plan every lesson for you but gives great feedback after every session on how to improve and together with his personality and sense of humor as mentioned by many on here he really makes driving relaxing and enjoyable. I couldn't recommend elite highly enough! Once again massive thanks to you Andy, great teacher and overall top bloke."
27 April 2017
Meghan Hinch, Pullborough, West Sussex
I had lessons with Andy Kirby Since the end of last year. I never took to driving a manual very well at all and stopped driving back when I was 17. I restarted at 24 last year. Andy was always very patient with me and helped me nail the reverse to the left which I particularly struggled with. I passed my test last week all thanks to Andy. It may have taken me longer than others but he never gave up on me.
28 March 2017
Mathew Howell, Redhill, Surrey
Just passed my driving test first time. All thanks to Andy, who's great sense of humour and masses amount of experience helped me through my worries and stress. The lessons were thoroughly enjoyable and I never felt under stress during the lessons, thanks again Andy.