Our fully qualified instructors:

  • Garry Banks

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    Trained by BSM and became a fully qualified approved driving instructor in 2005. Stayed with BSM for 1 year then moved to join AA enjoying a very successful time with a massive pass rate. First 10 months with AA saw 24 pupils taken to test with 21 passing equating to 90% pass rate!! Pass rate has settled to around 75%.National average is 43%.

    Garry is friendly, patient, reliable and a great communicator. Most pupils say his patience is better than any previous instructors.

    Brake-Thru instructors follow a step by step structure of tuition and let the pupil know exactly where they are on that ladder.
    The whole learning experience was made easy, enough to feel confident about passing first time. I was made to feel very calm and comfortable in the driving seat, even though i didn't know what the hell I was doing. Garry had a genuine, calm demeanour. The kind of person I was glad to have teaching me.
    Glenn, Porchester. Passed first time on September 2 2008 after only 17 lessons!
  • Russell Paling

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    Russell is Mr Meticulous and provides a most superb breakdown of where a pupil is with his drivers records. He has taught for the last 6 years in Portsmouth and has an enviable pass rate among local instructors.

    He knows his routes and will provide a very professional lesson that will without doubt lead to a Full Licence. He is both friendly and patient and a credit to Brake-thru Driving School.
    A massive thank you to Russell Paling for being a fantastic instructor. I had three other instructors before Russell but each one was not able to meet my requirments. Russell is very patient, understanding, and a fantastic teacher. He understands that each pupil is different and adapts to their own abilities and levels. Russell helped me to be confident driving a car and comfortable on the roads. With Russells help i passed my theory first time and practical first time with 0 minors. I will always strongly recommend Russell to anyone who is wanting to learn to drive. Thank you again Russell and thank you to all at Brake Thru.
    Sherilee Collar. Passed theory and practical tests first time.
  • Hilary Travers

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    I would definitely recommend Hilary to anyone. She was really relaxed and patient during my lessons which made me less nervous, and she was really understanding and friendly, helping me to build up confidence in my driving. She was such a star, she helped me with my theory test, practical test, show me tell me questions and made sure i was less nervous for both tests! I passed both tests first time, which i think is a reflection of her great teaching methods. She was flexible with fitting my lessons in around college hours and would always be nice and friendly.
    M.Turner
    Hi if your looking for a friendly, experienced and patient instructor then HILARY TRAVERS is the one! after only 22 hours of lessons i passed my test 1st time and i can't thank her enough, she's brilliant and so nice, and never gets frustrated with you. from the moment you get in the car she puts you at ease. not only does she teach you how to pass your test but she goes above and beyond to help you become the best and most experience driver you can be for the future. so all the time HILARY is working with brake-Thru then that who i would use. All i can say is THANKS so much!
  • Mike Smart

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    Mike, like Garry, was originally trained by BSM and now teaches with Brake-thru in a brand new Renault Megane. He joined this company knowing we recruit top instructors as Mike is eager to see pupils drive with safety in mind. Many pupils that have passed with Mike have been so pleased that they have recommended him to their family and friends. Call today and start on the road to a full licence!!
  • Martin Scott

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    Martin joined Brake-thru after a tip off that we recruit the BEST local instructors. And he has not let us down. Living in Havant Martin takes in Hayling, Emsworth, Southbourne as well as all Portsmouth areas. With years of local experience we cant recommend him highly enough if you want the Full Licence pdq.
  • Nick Bassett

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    Nick is our top Hayling Island instructor covering Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth and Portsmouth. He's a very hard working instructor with hundreds of passes and works all hours.
  • Tony Ryan

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    Tony is our Gosport expert and puts a lot of effort into getting his pupils through first time as is the Brake-thru philosophy. He also covers Fareham and Portsmouth.
    Before I had even sat behind the steering wheel of a car I was incredibly nervous. However, having had lessons with Tony Ryan at Brake-thru, I have been able to overcome the jitters and learn to drive at a very high standard. The entire time I was made to feel relaxed and reassured which allowed me to focus on the road ahead and learn quickly and safely about driving. As a result of Tony's awesome teaching, I was able to pass my test first time which has done wonders for my confidence. The price of the lessons was excellent value to learn such a valuable skill and I can't thank Tony enough for teaching me. I would heartily recommend Brake-thru to anyone who wants to learn to drive because the quality of teaching is so high. Thanks so much! - Tom
    Tom Cook
    I wanted to put into words how incredibly skilled Tony Ryan your Gosport expert is. As I work in the motor trade it spurred me to look into taking lessons and completing my test again, having been discouraged a few years previous. As a result I have taken a couple of lessons per month from Tony since March, with a view to taking my test before the end of the year.

    From the very first lesson I found Tony to be an incredibly knowledgeable, patient, friendly and genuinely decent person. A quick look at the back of his license confirms he can drive pretty much anything with wheels too, so you know you’re in safe hands from day one. His goal is to make all his students the best possible drivers they can be, in his words to provide “a smooth, safe, comfortable drive", therefore passing the tests becomes incidental because he is encouraging you to try and master good road craft early.

    The real genius of Tony’s style is he never gets angry or raises his voice; he always stays calm and in control. If you have a particularly good lesson he will say “well done” and it really means something because you’ve earned it. As a motorcyclist I also found Tony able to translate riding skills to driving skills in a clear, logical way which really helped in the early lessons when I was struggling to master the controls.

    I found his rates to be more than reasonable considering the quality of his teaching. Some people may find they have to try lessons with several different instructors before they find the right one, but I honestly believe anyone who is given a first lesson by Tony won’t want to look elsewhere, especially those who may have had bad experiences in the past as I did.

    As a result of his expert instruction I passed both my theory and practical tests first time with good scores, the practical test completed one day before my birthday! I now feel confident whenever I get behind the wheel and enjoy driving, two things I didn’t think would happen as a result.

    In closing I’d like to say I can’t recommend Tony Ryan enough, and suggest anyone living in the Gosport/Fareham/Portsmouth area thinking about learning to drive book now because his schedule is already filling up for the end of this year and start of next. You won’t be disappointed because even if you found learning to drive quite challenging as I did because Tony will do everything he can to make it easier for you.
    Gary Diamond
  • Steve Fellows

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    Steve joins Brake-thru from BSM as he is looking to increase their quality in the "Best instructors in Portsmouth department". Steve is an astute, friendly, patient instructor, working generally in the Southsea area. Look out for him if you're in that vicinity or call and ask for Steve if you would like Southsea's finest.
  • Kevin James

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    Kevin joined Brake-thru last year and is having the time of his life, with success after success. Kev is Mr friendly and will put at ease anyone suffering from nerves. Kevin comes highly recommended as one of Pompey's finest, most likeable instructors.
  • John Kemp

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    Having had a bad experience and several failed attempts at my test with another driving school it took me a few years before I was ready to give driving another go; I was nervous and had very little confidence behind the wheel. I'm now very glad I phoned Brake Thru and was passed on to John who is an absolutely excellent instructor. He is very friendly, so immediately you feel very comfortable and relaxed, and because of this able to enjoy his lessons. His approach to teaching is A1. I soon felt ready and confident behind the wheel, but more importantly a safe and aware driver. With John I passed first time and with only TWO MINOR FAULTS! I will certainly recommend him to all my friends. Thank you!!!
    Charlotte S
    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making my life so easy when carrying out one of the most important tasks of my life, learning to drive!!

    I had an instructor previous to John and I was thoroughly disappointed and quickly looked elsewhere for a new instructor. My friend had given me Brake-thru’s number, not even a day later of calling the office I had a call from John to confirm my first lesson - outstanding service.

    For John, well, he was an absolute gentleman. I had seemed to have picked up driving quite quickly with John, he constantly remained relaxed and provided real professional advice and support when needed. He also always adapted the lesson dates and times to suit me, nothing seemed too much trouble. The skills and techniques he taught have remained in my mind since and are really great ways to ensure that I am a safe driver.

    My email seems slightly long winded but I cannot thank John enough for all of the lessons and for getting me through my test with only two minors. A huge thank you to John and yourselves at Brake-thru as I wouldn’t be having as much fun as I am with my car if it wasn’t for you!
    Daniel Rayner
  • Reg Fellah: Automatic

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    Reg Fellah is our automatic specialist instructor.
  • Dilwar

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    Dilwar is our newest instructor, 4 years a professional instructor. Amazing personality with dedication to instruction and a very high pass rate.
    I would like to say a huge thank you to my driving instructor Dilwar. He was fantastic from the very start. I had put off learning to drive until I was 26, and was quite nervous, but Dilwar was very patient and explained everything in such a way that it was easy to understand and make progress with each lesson. With Dilwar's help, I passed both my theory and practical first time after 29.5 hours of lessons. I strongly recommend Dilwar as a driving instructor to anyone who wants to learn to be a safe and confident driver. Thank you Dilwar!
    Becky Johnson
  • Dave Novis

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    Dave arrives from West London with bundles of experience and lives in Fareham, covering Portchester and Paulsgrove. Meticulous and thorough he'll get you a licence no problem at all.
  • Katy Temple

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    Katy joins the ranks of top fully qualified instructors now working for Brake-thru. Katy is a quality instructor for those wishing for a top Portsmouth female instructor and will definitely get your full licence as soon as is humanly possible.

WE ARE NOW RECRUITING

Due to our increase in demand as a result of our investment in marketing and advertising we are actively seeking quality driving instructors who want to become part of a friendly and competitive driving school.

YOU SUPPLY: A modern dual controlled car, insurance and an ADI or PDI Badge
WE SUPPLY: Top box, business cards, full pupil supply and 4 weeks franchise free.

ALL THIS FOR JUST £60 PER WEEK AND 4 WEEKS FREE!
CALL GARRY ON 07533 464 030 FOR MORE DETAILS

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A massive thank you to Russell Paling for being a fantastic instructor. I had three other instructors before Russell but each one was not able to meet my requirments. Russell is very patient, understanding, and a fantastic teacher. He understands that each pupil is different and adapts to their own abilities and levels. Russell helped me to be confident driving a car and comfortable on the roads. With Russells help i passed my theory first time and practical first time with 0 minors. I will always strongly recommend Russell to anyone who is wanting to learn to drive. Thank you again Russell and thank you to all at Brake Thru.
Sherilee Collar. Passed theory and practical tests first time.
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