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Welcome to John Harvey Driving School. We are different from other driving schools in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Deal, Faversham & Folkestone.

We offer you quality driving lessons in the Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Whitstable, Deal, Dover, Faversham, areas.

If you want to pass your driving test then look no further! 

Learning to drive is not just about passing the test, that is just the beginning. We aim to make your lessons as enjoyable and as fun as they can be whist teaching you the skills that will make you a safe driver for life. We will teach you according to the DVSA syllabus covering all you need to know to be a confident and safe driver for life.

We believe in providing the highest quality of service with no gimmicks or unrealistic promises. Every lesson will have an objective, we will always be aiming to improve your skills and our regular recaps will be used to check your level of understanding and skills. We may not be the cheapest, but we aim to be the best, providing excellent value for money, we so so confident we even back this up with our money back guarantee.

Choosing the right driving instructor often seems like a daunting task as there are so many to choose from, make sure you read their reviews on their website and social media, ask for personal recommendations from friends and relatives. Look at the whole package, what do they offer, can they fit in around your schedule, do they offer help with the theory test, do they offer any other incentives or have any guarantees.

Since John Harvey Driving School started in 2005 we have helped hundreds of new drivers pass their driving test in Canterbury, Ashford, Folkestone, Faversham, Dover, Deal, Herne Bay and Whitstable.

Try Us & See Deal

10 hours of tuition from just £310!

The Ultimate Training Package

Stress free all-in deal!

Recent Test Passes

Ela from Canterbury


Phiroz from Canterbury


Leigh from Folkestone


Kyra from Herne Bay


Finley from Herne Bay


Why Choose Us?

  • DVSA Highest Grade Instructors

  • Male & female instructors

  • Manual & automatic lessons

  • Try Us and See deal from £310!
  • FREE online theory test practice

  • Patient friendly instructors

  • Block booking discounts

  • Affordable, structured lessons

  • Driver record booklet

  • All cars are fitted with HE-MAN dual controls

  • Comprehensive car insurance for any driver

  • Public Liability Insurance (£10m)

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance (£5m)

  • Driving Instructors Assocation Member (DIA)

  • Pass Plus Registered

What our customers have to say about us…

The most important criteria for me when choosing a driving school was that I wanted a patient, friendly instructor who was able to fit my lessons around my work schedule.
Learning with John was significantly better than the first time I had lessons. His methods were excellent. Very patient, clear and calming. It made learning to drive much more enjoyable than my previous experience.

I would defiantly recommend the school as my driving experience with John made something that I hated doing enjoyable. Having such clear explanations really helped.

There is literally nothing I would of changed about my experience with John Harvey Driving School.

Thank you so much for all your help, I never thought I would pass my driving test, let alone with a clean sheet (zero faults)!!

Ellen Stafford

was looking for a driving school with good online reviews and price. I got a recommendation from a friend about JHDS. Learning to drive was slightly harder than I thought it would be. I found Karen to be very friendly and relaxed during lessons and was easy to learn to drive with.

Maddie Smith, Canterbury

Recommendations, friendly and nice instructors were all important criteria to me when I was looking for a driving school. Price and pass rates were also important. My sister passed 1st time with the school so I knew they were good.

I found my lessons much more enjoyable than I thought they would be and I found myself finding things easy to get the hang of. Chris’ teaching methods were very effective and easy to understand.

I would defiantly recommend the school as I was very happy with everything and I’m sure my friends would be too. Everything seemed great to me. Thank you so much.

Luke Mellor, Canterbury

I chose JHDS from a trusted recommendation from someone who was in a similar situation to myself with young children starting school. I had a very restricted time to learn due to child care so availability and location were important to me.

I was anxious and nervous but John made me see I just needed to focus on each step before moving onto the next. I found Johns teaching methods easily accessible. Seeing demos & re-watching live footage on the iPad was really helpful to make changes & improvements to my driving.

I would definitely recommend the school. As a more mature person learning to drive, you want to know that your driving instructor can make you feel at ease & not worry too much about making mistakes.

Sophie Loughlin

For more information or to book your lessons please call

0333 772 9629