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Driving lessons - who offers the cheapest?

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Driving School
Normal
Block
10 hr
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£ /hour
£ /hour
1
5
Alpha1
25
30
23
28
2
5
Automatic
25
30
23
28
3
5
Orpington
25
30
23
28
4
5
Friends
27
-
-
-
5
5
Matt Shurmer
28
32
28
32
6
5
Martins
28
-
26
-
7
5
Yolo
28
30
27
29
8
5
I Pass
29
-
25
-
9
5
Chris Georgio *
34
-
34
-
10
5
Kiss
-
-
-
-
11
5
Anita
-
-
-
-
12
5
Gary Birch
-
-
-
-
13
5
Mitchells
-
-
-
-
14
4.3
Higgins
30
-
-
-
15
4.3
Red**
31
-
-
-
16
2.8
A Class
26
-
-
-
17
0
Walkers
23
24
22
25
18
0
RAC/ BSM 
28
-
-
-
19
0
Elite
30
-
28
-
20
0
Driving skool
34
-
-
-
21
0
Lanes***
-
-
24
27
22
0
AA
-
-
-
-
23
0
Avalon
-
-
-
-
24
0
Better
-
-
-
-
25
0
Bill Plant
-
-
-
-
26
0
C &K
-
-
-
-
27
0
Highway
-
-
-
-
28
0
Richards
-
-
-
-
29
0
Z Cars
-
-
-
-

NOTES
* Chris Georgio offer 50 min lessons - £/hour adjusted
** Red No prices on site - prices shown from FB
*** Lanes quote lessons not hours

Driving school price comparison

The price comparison is ranked according to:

1) Google Review stars on a search on 10/01/2020: "Orpington Driving School"

2) the cheapest £/hour for 'pay as you go' driving lessons and for a 10 hour block booking discount

Only 6/29 driving schools are completely transparent in their charges, and 12/29 not showing any prices at all on their website! 7/29 driving schools have no website

    This data is a good measure of which driving schools offer you best value for money, but that is not the full story:

Larger driving schools make their money selling franchises to driving instructors. The more franchises they sell, the more money they earn. Companies like Red teach driving instructors and will give a franchise to any instructor who qualifies irrespective of how good they are. They will spend more money on advertising then most independent schools earn!

Smaller independent driving schools rely on their reputation to get business and are therefore under far more pressure to get results for their clients

Larger companies are often good at getting business then keeping clients paying for more driving lesson hours and unsuccessful driving tests

Alpha1 Driving School average to successful test: 29.3 hrs

National average to successful test: 47.1 hrs

Alpha 1 Driving School Pass Rate 97.2%

National Pass Rate 45.8%

Alpha 1 Driving School average driving tests to pass: 1.01

National average driving tests to pass: 3.1