John Harvey

John Harvey – Instructor and Business Owner

John Harvey is the Driving School owner. John is a fully qualified Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor and has been for 15 years. He is a Grade A DVSA ADI. John scored 51/51 on his most recent Standards Check in June 2016.
He is the highest graded driving instructor in the South East according to the DVSA website. Click here for more information.

Grade A instructors are the highest grade any ADI can become and according to the DVSA they have ‘Very high overall performance’.
John started out as a driving instructor in 2005. Having trained at BSM he then moved to the AA in 2007. He made the decision to go independent in 2008 and started John Harvey Driving School. John trained some of, and provides training to all the instructors currently working for John Harvey Driving School.

  • Highest DVSA Grade Instructor since 2012
  • Scored 51/51 on his last DVSA Standards Check
  • In the top 3% of driving instructors in the country
  • Driving Instructor Trainer

John lived in Canterbury all his life before getting married to Nina in 2011 and then moved to Hawkinge near Folkestone a year later. He enjoys football and plays 5-a-side every week. He supports Liverpool FC. John has a 17 year old son, Sam, who passed his own driving test in March 2020 with zero driver faults! He also has 2 daughters, Ilanna 5 and Lyra 2. John is keen to keep his driving standards at as high a level as possible and has recently been on two training days with Chris Gilbert. Chris was a Class One Police driving trainer for over 22 years and taught Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duchess of York to drive, so John had a great instructor on those training days! John received a glowing report from Chris Gilbert, complementing him on his level of driving, assessed as high on the police driver marking system.

Learn more about Chris Gilbet here

John undertakes regular CPD to ensure his tuition is of the highest quality.

John provides driving instructor training & Automatic driving lessons in Canterbury.

Karen Allsop

Karen Allsop – Instructor

Karen joined the team at the driving school in June 2015. She is a fully qualified driving instructor.

Karen did all her driving instructor training with John Harvey so you can be assured of the highest standard of training methods and instruction.

When not in the car, Karen is a keen horse rider and has her own horse which she tries to ride as much as possible.

Karen is a full time member of the team, she covers Canterbury and Folkestone and teaches in a Citroen C3.

Matt Standfast

Matt Standfast – Instructor

Matt joined the Driving School in March 2017.

Like Karen, Matt did all his driving instructor training with the company owner John Harvey so you can be assured that the driving schools teaching methods and standards will be maintained. He is a fully qualified driving instructor.

Matt has many years of teaching in schools behind him. He specialized in teaching people with special needs such as Aspergers & Autism. He brings his knowledge of this to help people learn to drive who have these conditions.

He is also qualified to level 2 in British Sign Language.

Matt, along with his wife Ruth, are both keen motorcyclists and get out on his Triumph bike any time they can.

Matt covers the Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable areas. He teaches in a Kia Stonic.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones – Instructor

Chris joined the team in 2018.

As with all the instructors that work for the driving school he did all his driving instructor training with John so you can be assured of the highest standard of training methods and instruction. He is a fully qualified driving instructor.

Chris used to be a chef in the Army before leaving. He has worked for many years in catering and fancied a change of career.

Chris cover Folkestone and Canterbury. He teaches in a Mercedes A-Class.

Dave Quinn

David Quinn – Instructor

David joined the team in 2019.

As with all the instructors that work for the driving school he did all his driving instructor training with John so you can be assured of the highest standard of training methods and instruction. He is a fully qualified driving instructor.

David’s previous job was in IT. After he enjoyed teaching his daughter, Zelie, to drive he decided that he wanted to pass on his driving knowledge to others so took the step to train to be a driving instructor.

David covers Deal, Dover and Canterbury. He teaches in a Citroen C3.

Marcello Rizzo - Instructor

Marcello joined the team in 2019.

As with all the instructors that work for the driving school he did his driving instructor training with John so you can be assured of the highest standard of training methods and instruction. He is a fully qualified driving instructor. He has a young family and lives in Canterbury.

Marcello works part time for the driving school. He is Italian and also speaks French & is fluent in English.

He covers Canterbury & teaches in a Renault Cilo.

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