John Harvey Driving School

Driving School in Canterbury, Kent
Driving School in Canterbury, Kent We offer you quality automatic and manual driving lessons in the Canterbury, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Whitstable, Deal & Dover areas.
Areas Served
  • Dover, Deal, Canterbury, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Whitstable
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Contact Details

35 Chaucer Close
Canterbury, Kent
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Driving Lessons
read moreOur driving lessons are fully structured with a firm aim and objective of what is to be achieved during the lesson. Once we have established the learning goals for the session with the student and checked they have a good theory knowledge for that topic, we then set a plan to achieve maximum learning during the driving lesson.
Our driving instructors are highly skilled in coaching during lessons. They will give full, easy to understand assistance when required or simply use prompts to help guide to a successful outcome. The instructors aim is to transfer responsibility to the student to enable totally independent driving.
Automatic Driving Lessons
read moreWe provide automatic driving lessons in the Canterbury area. There are many reasons why people choose to learn in an automatic car, they may struggle with gears or the clutch or are worried about stalling.
For some an automatic car gives you more time to concentrate on the road and what is happening around you. Learning in an automatic is often less stressful and people find they progress quicker and pass their test more quickly than learning in a manual car.


Lisa Fernandes
read moreI learnt with John and passed first time. John is an excellent, calm instructor who communicates clearly and has seemingly endless patience for nervous drivers like myself. His methods make tricky manoeuvres much more straightforward and he doesn't make you feel silly if you do something wrong. He told me at the start that he would teach me to drive rather than just how to pass my test, and the skills he's taught me have given me confidence driving my own vehicle in the real world. I honestly never thought I would be able to drive, and wouldn't hesitate in recommending John Harvey Driving School to anyone. See you for the motorway lessons next!
Nicola Brooker
read moreI passed both my practical test first time with zero faults. I had John as an instructor and he was absolutely brilliant. He helped me so much and was very good when I was nervous. Would definitely recommend. Such good communication and very good value for money.
Jeremy Paton
read moreWhen looking for a driving instructor for the second time round I did quite a bit of research for reputable companies. Where my prior instructor rushed lessons and did not help me learn, Chris of John Harvey was a breath of fresh air. His lessons were clear and precise, we went over each issue that arose in a lesson so that each lesson ended on a positive and helped reinforce good habits and built up my driving confidence. Chris did not rush things unnecessarily and was easy to talk to for all my questions. I can absolutely recommend them, JH are worth the money and I was able to pass my test on the first go and felt not only test ready but also confident in my driving capability. I was also suitability impressed with the vehicle, which was reasonably new and was incredibly easy to drive.
Bethany Easton
read moreWhen you start learning to drive there is an equal amount of fear and excitement running through you. John, my instructor, was able to turn my fear into control and my excitement into confidence. He was calm and understanding and was able to give me many tips on manoeuvres which always work and are now drilled into my mind. I also had to swap instructors toward the end of my time learning; I changed to have Chris. Despite this, the change had no impact on my driving and I was able to continue as normal with another brilliant instructor. I couldnt recommend John Harvey Driving School more.
Chandel Dark
Jun 06, 2021
Fantastic driving school!
I was a very nervous driver but John knew where to push me out of my comfort zone and get me driving! Every manoeuvre is thoroughly spoken through first prior to physical practicing giving you a real understanding of what you are doing.
Highly recommend anyone wanting to learn to drive
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Kim Heenan
Feb 18, 2020
Highly recommend!
Wooohooo! Just passed my driving test with Matt Standfast at John Harvey Driving school!! hes helped me sooo much! Made me relax and its finally done!
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Hannah Byrne
Aug 09, 2019
Highly Recommend John Harvey Driving School
Matt was my instructor, he was calm, patient, spoke me through everything I was unsure of and my lessons were fun!
Previously being with another driving school who weren't great and learning with Matt made all the difference. He built up my confidence and helped me pass my test! Could not recommend him more!
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Joel Lockhart
Aug 09, 2019
Great experience!
Currently being taught by Matt Standfast my instructor, he's Very easy to talk to, Always laughing and brilliant to learn with, would highly recommend!
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Dennis Pressnell
Sep 25, 2019
Great instructor!
Passed 1st time with Matt, had a great experience learning was good to find a great instructor in the whitstable/herne Bay Area.
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Ben Leak
Aug 12, 2019
Thanks Matt!
I'm learning with Matt and today's lesson he really helped me to improve my clutch control when doing manoeuvres.
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Lorraine Elizabeth
Sep 12, 2018
My daughter passed her driving test today. Big thanks to Matt for his patience and making learning a good experience for her.
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Key People

John Harvey
Instructor And Business Owner
read moreJohn 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
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Rated 5 of 5 from 7 reviews
Hours of Operation
Monday09:00 AM÷08:00 PM
Tuesday09:00 AM÷08:00 PM
Wednesday09:00 AM÷08:00 PM
Thursday09:00 AM÷08:00 PM
Friday09:00 AM÷08:00 PM
Saturday09:00 AM÷05:00 PM
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