Meet The Newton Abbot Team

Welcome to our our team of dedicated and hardworking driving Instructors who are waiting to deliver your driving licence. Meet the Newton Abbot Team

We are a local and family run Driving School business operating on your doorstep.

All of our local Driving Instructors are dedicated and DBS checked for your safety as required by the  DVLA .

They will all deliver client centred Driving lessons to ensure you gain the maximum benefit from each lesson and a full report will be available with details of what topics were covered, what progress was made and any areas of weakness to be addressed. You will sign each lesson sheet to confirm start and finish times along with next lesson confirmation to eliminate any uncertainty.

All of our driving Instructors work to a strict code of conduct and adhere to our Driving School mission statement to maintain standards.

Dave Williams School Owner

Dave Williams School Owner

My name is Dave Williams and I established Williams School of Motoring in 2001 over which time the school has built up a excellent reputation for offering quality driving lessons in Newton Abbot and the surrounding area. We are also well known for having a friendly face!

Outside work Dave is involved in Local Theatre and has four children who regularly perform in shows.

Below you can read a small selection of what his customers have to say regarding his tuition and customer service.

Driving Instructor Claire Hancock

Driving Instructor Claire Hancock

Claire has been a Driving Instructor since 2006 so as you might expect has a fantastic pass rate and also a great rapport with her students. Claire joined Williams in December 2016 and currently has several students close to test and her customer reviews will follow as soon as they come through. Like all the Williams Driving instructors Claire has already attended many training courses and holds a diploma in Driving instruction. Claire also is a member of the institute of Advanced Motorists. Claire is very happy to teach very nervous learners.

Below you can read a small selection of what his customers have to say regarding his tuition and customer service.

“It was important I felt comfortable with my Driving Instructor. Also that the school would have availability.

My Driving instructor Claire Hancock was very supportive. Claire’s lessons were enjoyable and relaxing. She had clear teaching methods, was calm and informative.

I will be recommending the school to others as I felt happy with the service Claire gave as an instructor. I am confident other learners would be happy with the service Williams Driving school provides too.”

Adam Smaridge

Driving Instructor, Stephen Croucher ADI

Driving Instructor, Stephen Croucher ADI


Stephen Croucher has been a driving instructor since 2004, and has run his own school Stevo,s for many years before joining Williams in 2014 . Steve also teaches B+E trailer training . Steve takes driver safety very seriously and has a ROSPA Driving qualification, which is one of the highest qualifications available to any car driver.

Below you can read a small selection of what his customers have to say regarding his tuition and customer service.

Customer Reviews Newton Abbott Hammish Evans

Customer Reviews Newton Hammish Evans

“I was recommended Williams Driving School by a friend. My Instructor Stephen Croucher was patient and supportive making the learning stress free which all helped to build my confidence. Steve had an incredibly knowledge and used various teaching methods to help me pass. I will be recommended Williams Driving School to others due to my experience as my Instructor Steve was a fantastic instructor and I was able to trust him to help me pass my driving test”

Hamish Evans

Lisa Zimmermann has been a driving instructor since 2016 and moved from another local driving school to join Williams in 2018.

Lisa is very excited to be joining Williams Driving School team as she is impressed by the great reviews all the instructors receive.

Before Lisa was an instructor, she had various jobs, one of which was working as beauty Therapist on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

Outside work Lisa is a keen gardener and love walking her dog.

Lisa teaches in a very relaxed manner which puts the student at ease and makes the lessons more enjoyable.

Lisa has many students nearing their tests so her reviews will appear here soon.

Customer Review Newton Abbot Lauren Woolley

“I chose Williams Driving School because of their good reputation. I also needed to choose a driving school who had times to match my availability in the evenings and on weekends.

I found learning to drive to not be as complicated as I thought it would be. My Driving Instructor Lisa Zimmermann had good teaching methods. Lisa adapted to the way that I learn which is what was so good! The learning log also really helped.

I will be recommending the school to others because the availability is good, pricing is fair and they care more about the pupil than getting more money out of them!”

Lauren Woolley, Newton Abbot


“My parents wanted to get me a voucher for driving lessons for Christmas and chose Williams Driving School because of their positive reviews. I also wanted a driving instructor who’d put me at ease.

My driving instructor Lisa Zimmermann had patient teaching methods and was friendly and a calming influence.

I will be recommending to others due to having an excellent instructor resulting in a first time pass!”

Kyle Kingman, Kingskerswell

Driving Instructor, Rodel Santos

Driving Instructor, Rodel Santos

We are pleased to announce that Rodel Santos has joined us as a driving instructor. Rodel is based in Torbay and has been a Fully Qualified Driving Instructor since 2013. Rodel has a new Ford Fiesta  as his driving school car.

Ako po si Rodel Santos,  isang Approved Driving Instructor dito sa UK.  Ako po ay tubong San Miguel Bulacan sa Pilipinas. Sa loob ng nakaraang labindalawang taon ako po ay naninirahan dito sa England kasama ng aking pamilya na nakatira sa Torquay Devon. Ako po ay naging fully qualified driving instructor mula taong 2013, at mula noon sa awa ng Diyos ay marami na rin akong mga natulungang pumasa na nakakuha ng lisensiya sa pagmamaneho na karamihan ay mga kababayan nating mga Pilipino, at buong pagmamalaki kong naipasa sa unang pag-exam ang marami sa kanila. Sa kasalukuyan, ang mga sakop kong mga lugar na tinuturuan ay Torquay, Newton Abbot, Paignton, at sa Teignmouth area.

Below you can read a small selection of what his customers have to say regarding his tuition and customer service.

Customer Review Newton Abbot Xander Povey

“The main reason for choosing Williams Driving School was because of their good reviews. They also had good availability.

My driving instructor Rodel Santos had effective teaching methods and he was fair.

I will recommend to others due to my positive experience and I also passed my test at the first time of asking!”

Xander Povey, Newton Abbot

Customer Review Newton Abbot Tom Aldridge

“I chose Williams Driving School because I wanted a reliable driving school who could be flexible and with availability for lesson bookings.

I found the learning to drive process to be much quicker than I had anticipated. I also found that I was a lot more confident behind the wheel thanks to my driving instructor Rodel Santos. Rodel’s teaching methods were perfect for me! I found that they were tailored to my wishes.

I had previously done a couple of hours with a different driving school who were dreadful in comparison so I will definitely be recommended Williams Driving school to others.”

Tom Aldridge, Newton Abbot

Driving Instructor Mike Adkins

Driving Instructor Mike Adkins

Mike Adkins has been a Driving instructor since 2016. He is based in Torquay covering Torbay, Teignbridge & Totnes areas, Mike trained and instructed in Plymouth before moving to Torquay. Mike used to be an LGV Driver having been in the transport industry for 25 years.

Below you can read a small selection of what his customers have to say regarding his tuition and customer service.

Simon Mckechan was trained by James Palmer, one of Williams Driving School’s most experienced instructors.

He passed his exams in 2019 and has taken to the job like a fish to water. His pupils find him very relaxed and friendly.

Simon is married with 2 young children and has loved being able to spend more time with them than he could in his old job as a Chef.

Williams Driving School are pleased to announce that Kay Tomlin has joined their team of fully qualified instructors.

Kay has worked for RED Driving School as an instructor for a few years.

Kay will be our 1st instructor to also cover Exeter.


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