Mile End Rd, Coleford GL16 7QD Mobile: 07733 104 062 (Malcolm) / 07733 104 758 (Pauline)

We are friendly and patient instructors based in Coleford, Gloucestershire and we welcome new drivers and nervous pupils.

Our aim is to get as many pupils through their practical driving tests with as few attempts as possible but at the same time ensuring that they are going to be safe on the roads in all conditions!

We are :

  • Fully qualified Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructors
  • RoSPA advanced drivers – Gold grade
  • DVSA Registered Fleet Driver Trainers
  • Members of the Institute of Master Tutors of Driving (IMTD), Driving Instructors Association (DIA), Motor Schools Association (MSA) and Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council (ADINJC) and Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Driving Instructors Association
  • Very experienced having taught for over fifteen years !

Gentle Beginnings

We teach you to handle your vehicle safely and confidently in a wide variety of circumstances, starting in quiet streets and other stress-free environments. Gradually taking on more challenging situations, so that when you take your test you are in the best possible position to pass at your first attempt.

Hazard Perception

Learn how to ‘read the road ahead’, helping to avoid committing traffic offences, such as turning where you are not permitted to do so. Recognising potential problems, such as pedestrians stepping out in front of your vehicle, cyclists in traffic ahead and suchlike.

Careful Driving

We want you to learn to be a safe and considerate driver, aware of other road users and able to plan ahead as you drive. Such as in situations where changing traffic lights and stationary traffic may require areas of road to be kept clear. Situations where box junctions are placed so that surrounding traffic may move freely.

In Heavy Traffic

Gain the confidence required to deal with busy and challenging traffic situations, such as when passing caravans and long vehicles. Sudden sidewinds between tall and long vehicles are just one of many issues that motorists must take into consideration.

At Junctions

We will prepare you for dealing with junctions and roundabouts, especially where drivers of large heavy vehicles may not easily ‘see’ you and require large areas in which to manoeuvre. When you pass your test you will have all the skills you need for today’s congested roads.

Unusual Conditions

Adapting to new circumstances is a part of everyday driving. Learning to be aware of local traffic demands and regulations, where mixed traffic types may combine in challenging situations. We want you to have a lifelong safe driving experience. Developing the skills you’ll need for today’s congested roads.
  • Pass Plus
  • Refresher courses
  • Night time driving
  • Motorway tuition
  • Advanced test preparation (RoSPA & IAM) using Roadcraft method

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Pauline and Malcolms Driving School

Serving The Forest of Dean, Ross on Wye, Gloucester, Monmouth, Chepstow and the surrounding areas

Based in Coleford, Gloucestershire we are a professional, dedicated and experienced husband and wife driving instructor team who are both fully qualified instructors approved by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency.

We have both been trained to a high standard by former DVSA senior examiners and other driver trainer professionals and are committed to maintaining ongoing professional development and training through our attendance at regular courses, seminars and conferences.

We will happily teach people of all ages and dispositions, and offer a range of services to suit.

  • Theory test preparation
  • Practical test preparation
  • Extended test preparation
  • Comprehensive driving experience in both city and rural locations
  • Semi-intensive courses
  • Mock practical test
  • Driver assessments

Personal and friendly coaching for all ages and levels of experience

We cover the following postal areas : GL1, GL2, GL3, GL4, GL14, GL15, GL16, GL17, GL18,GL19, HR9, NP16 & NP25.

Please feel free to ask us any questions regarding driving tuition, we are always happy to help you! Just fill in a form with your questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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You can authorise the DVLA to share your driving licence information by applying for a “Check Code”. This speeds up the process for new drivers to be processed by us. You can set up this facility online at https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence.

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Useful Information

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“I have really enjoyed myself while doing my lessons and Malcolm and Pauline gave me lots of confidence in my driving ability. I can’t thank you both enough for teaching me everything I need to learn so I could pass.” Kayleigh Boyes


“Pauline was a wonderful instructor – very patient and created a calm environment which made learning to drive very enjoyable. I am very grateful to have had her as my driving instructor and would highly recommend her!” Hebe Butcher

Newnham on Severn

“Malcolm and Pauline are very patient instructors, Teached me how to drive from zero experience with driving a car, very good explanation of all the thing’s even if English is not my first language. Highly recommendend, many thanks” Dariusz Dunowski

Ross on Wye

“Pauline and Malcolm are fantastic and very patient teachers. As well as teaching me to drive, Pauline and Malcolm also taught me to drive on the motorway, which I now feel confident enough to do on my own. I would highly recommend them.” Katherine Bunyan


“I have been learning with Malcolm and Pauline for nearly two years. I found it a real struggle to get through my test due to nerves and had to take it 7 times before passing. I am delighted to have finally passed my test and I couldn’t have done it without Malcolm and Pauline. It was hard to stay motivated but Malcolm and Pauline both encouraged me to keep at it and went the extra mile for me to ensure that I would get my licence! They have given me loads of confidence and are incredibly patient and down-to-earth. We always had a laugh and I got on with both of them brilliantly. They paid attention to the areas I needed to improve and worked hard to ensure that my driving skills were continuously improving and that I was gaining more confidence behind the wheel. Thanks for everything Pauline and Malcolm, I will keep in touch and will be doing my Pass Plus with you too! ” Emma Blunt

Newnham on Severn

“Malcolm and Pauline are great teachers. They are friendly, thorough and supportive in their instructions with good flexibility in locations and picking up and dropping off. They gave me the chance to practice in a range of areas, learning the exam routes, testing round new areas and offering sound advice to help in my improvement as a driver. I have recommended them to friends and would do so again.” Matthew Gregory


“After passing first time what more is there to say! Very friendly and patient teachers, taught me to be safe and allowed me to experience all test routes and more! I really enjoyed learning to drive and sad that it’s all now over. I would highly recommend to anyone willing to learn!!” Georgina Gibbons


“I found Malcolm and Pauline to be very friendly and professional instructors. They were always incredibly helpful to me and really focused on helping me to pass my test and become a safe driver.” Jesse Fleet


“I have thoroughly enjoyed every part of learning to drive with Malcolm, Pauline and Russel. They are very patient instructors that  will go out of their own ways to help you. They will never rush you into doing something that you do not want to do. They have lots of experience with all abilities of students and they are very professional in teaching students. All three of the instructors have supported me greatly throughout my time learning to drive and gave me a huge amount of confidence after passing my driving practical test too. All three instructors are approachable and extremely reliable.” Britney Woodward


“Just wanted to say huge thanks for all your help and support, at such short notice, in helping Louise to pass her driving test.
We also have a son, who is 17 so will be contacting you in the future, for lessons for him. Also if any of my friends ask how Louise got on, I will definitely recommend you.” Louise Ellis


“I can’t believe I passed my test!! Pauline and Malcolm are the best instructors you could ask for. They’ll never let you down, always think of you and they really want you to pass. Thank you very much Pauline, you knew how much it meant to me and I’m so glad I chose you.” Jessica Guy

Upton Bishop

“Brilliant instructors. Very patient and give a lot of time. Definitely do not rush the process to allow excellent outcomes. Highly recommend to anyone who wants a good, safe pass.” Ben Hawkins


Learning to drive with Malcolm and Pauline was an absolute pleasure, they ensure that you have the skills to drive far beyond just being able to pass your test in a very comfortable and relaxed environment!Max Renouf-Watkins

Newnham on Severn

“Pauline and Malcolm’s Driving School has been lovely in helping me learn to drive and pass. All of the instructors are kind, patient and flexible. I would highly recommend they for anyone learning to drive !”

Lillian Gardner

Ross on Wye

“I have enjoyed learning to drive with Malcolm and Pauline. They are very friendly, chatting and patient people. They gave me so much confidence with learning to drive. They put in alot of time and effort in helping to pass the tests too. Would highly recommend them to anyone.”

Naomi Wright

Sling, Nr Coleford

“Through the two years I’ve been on and off learning to drive, Pauline and Malcolm have been there whenever I needed them, so patient with me and my nerves and really understanding, even if I had to do a manoeuvre 15 times just to make it perfect they would be there encouraging and supporting! Could not have passed with flying colours without them !”

Tyler Evans


Malcolm and Pauline are fantastic teachers. They have given me the confidence to learn to drive in my 40s, and gain this life skill which I previously thought beyond me. They have the knowledge and experience to explain all aspects of safe, confident driving. I looked forward to my lessons and felt I always came away with new or improved techniques and understanding. Their patient, friendly approach has let me progress at my speed and, amazingly, enabled me to pass my test in little over a year. Thank you so much for showing me how to enjoy being behind the wheel. You’re the best.Matthew Macer-Wright


“Pauline and Malcolm are very supportive teachers, if you are concerned about having driving lessons due to confidence this isn’t a issue with either of them. They teach you at all times with a calm tone and friendly approach, which is suitable for nervous drivers. I was very nervous with very little confidence when I started my driving but they have both built me up to become a safe and eager student wanting to be on the road. They will always be patient with your abilities and downfalls throughout. I highly recommend them both, if it wasn’t for their certain approach towards me I wouldn’t be a happy, safe driver today.” April Vanston


” Really good teachers, they help you with all the processes of going through the driving system. they are both extremely calm and both bring something different to the drive whether it is driving tips or the occasional good conversation.” Sam Teague


” Both amazing instructors,with great support and patience. I was a very nervous driver and thought I could never do it, but with their knowledge and expertise they boosted my confidence and I passed first time. Simply the best!! ” Rebecca James

Ross on Wye

“Want to say a huge thanks to Pauline, Malcolm and Russell. I was a nervous driver to begin with, however became at ease more with their support and patience. Extremely thorough and always putting my needs first at all times. Thank you!”

  Megan Wright

Berry Hill

“Malcolm and Pauline are both excellent, patient teachers. They will both strive to help you gain the skills necessary not only to pass your test but also to continue driving safely long after you’ve acquired your license and their friendly, relaxed approach will make you feel at ease whilst still making sure that you’re getting the most out of every lesson.” Matthew Showell


“Malcolm, Pauline and Russell are all great instructors who all go out of their way to make you the best you can be, they teach their lessons in a calm manner and you achieve your goals every lesson, with their instruction and your own hard work you will be driving before you know it, I would like to say a big thank you again and I will gladly recommend you” Dan Crook


“I passed first time with 2 minor faults and couldn’t have done it without Pauline and Malcolm! Both so patient and thorough in how they teach and would 100% percent recommend! I’m a very nervous driver but I would not have been able to drive confidently without their encouragement so thank you” Niamh Ford


“When starting to learn to drive, I had heard such lovely things about Pauline and Malcolm’s driving school I felt like it would be only right for me to learn with them and although I only chose to have Pauline as my driving instructor many of my friends have Malcolm and Russell and they love it!
Having Pauline by my side throughout my lessons was an absolute gift, she put me at ease at all times and would never tell me off, she would just say how to put it better next time. She is truly one of the most endearing people I have every met and she helped me to PASS FIRST TIME, which was so exciting!!
I will always be extremely grateful for the most wonderful experience I have gained from learning to drive and for Pauline.” Terri-Jayne Wyatt


“Would very highly recommend Pauline and Malcolm driving school! Amazing instructors and really helped me with my confidence overall on the roads. Huge thank you!” Ella Didcott

Whitecroft, Nr Lydney

“Pauline and Malcolm are by far the best driving instructors that you could ever hope to be taught by. My feeling is that they must have had nerves of steel, the courage of a lion and the patience of a saint in order to continually be willing to teach me how to drive and successfully pass my test! Thank you so much, Ella Merrikin” Danielle Merrikin


“I can’t thank Malcolm and Pauline enough, I have had 3 different instructors in the pass and they are definitely at the top. With such a calming teaching technique it 100% helped my nerves and confidence. I will be definitely recommending to family and friends !”

Danielle Lane


“Great tuition with good progression each lesson. With little driving experience before, they helped get me started very quickly and made it very easy for a beginner as well as always being very kind, friendly and patient !”

Michael Failey


“Pauline and Malcolm have been absolutely wonderful and were sympathetic and understanding with me when I first started out as a very nervous driver. Their excellent teaching enabled me to go out straight after passing my test and undertake a long journey on my own. They understood how important learning to drive was to me and did everything they could to get help. They are always reliable, friendly and very patient. Would highly recommend to anyone !”

Jamie Johnson


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