About Us

We at Driving School Wirral 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 Wirral. 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.

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.

Driving Instructor

Andy Goodwin

After a career in the civil service I decided it was time for a change when the department was being restructured yet again! I spent a long time looking into the role of an instructor and deciding who to train with and become part of that team after I qualified. It was a daunting process and I visited many companies when deciding who to train with and work with post qualification but once once I met Carol I knew Driving School Wirral was were I needed to be. I am committed to teaching people to become safe drivers for life, not on how to pass a test. With the team work, ongoing support and personal development we undertake across the year all instructors work together to ensure the highest standards are achieved and maintained. I love the satisfaction of the test day and everyone’s face when they are handed a pass certificate.

Driving Instructor

Derek Sharp

I ran my own business for many years but with elderly and ageing parents in poor health, children doing GCSE, A levels and then off to university I decided I needed to take a step back and I re evaluated my life. So I sold my business to concentrate on the family. During this time I met Carol, we chose her to teach my children as almost everyone we knew who had teenage children had been taught by either her or her team and she came highly recommended. I could see how flexible the role of an instructor could be with my family and I could see the passion and satisfaction that came with the rewards of creating safe drivers for life. So I took the leap and began my new life as a driving instructor, I have loved every minute of my time to date and I look forward to helping so many people gain the freedom and flexibility having a driving licence brings.

Driving Instructor

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.

Driving Instructor


Over the last few years, priorities in my life have changed and I felt it was the right time to try something new. After being a bus driver for the past 20 years this idea was a massive step into the unknown for me.

I looked into different jobs but after spending so many years on the road I felt I could pass on my knowledge and experience to people just starting out their driving journey.

Learning to drive opened so many doors for me in my life and I would like to pass that opportunity on to others, as it is definitely a life-changing skill.

I spoke to many driving schools but after speaking to Carol at Driving School Wirral I knew this is where I wanted to be. If you have met or spoken to Carol you will know why. The level of dedication, support and training both learners and instructors receive is on another level. Her values aligned with mine and I couldn’t pass up this opportunity!

Driving Instructor

Mark Naughton

I am married with 3 beautiful children. I live in Liverpool. I love spending time with the family, going to the park or visiting museums and other family trips. I have lots of hobbies when I get the time with having 3 young children, I enjoy hiking, running, playing squash, playing golf and watching football.

I decided to become a driving instructor after I was made redundant from a well-known supermarket. I was looking for a better work life balance. I worked there for 23 years. I did various roles within the company from general assistant to department manager to store manager in the express format to becoming a Deputy manager in the larger superstore format. Over the years I worked in 12 stores from the Wirral to Warrington. But I was looking for a new career path that I could transfer my skills to and do some good! I love driving and it made my travel to work so much easier. I see the benefit that driving brings and wanted to help others have that freedom!

I look forward to seeing you on the road and making the roads a safer place for everyone.