Meet The Chatham Team

Welcome to our our team of fully qualified and hardworking driving Instructors who are waiting to deliver your driving licence. Meet the Chatham Team

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

All of our local Driving Instructors are fully qualified and CRB checked for your safety.

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.

Tim Hunt School Owner

Tim Hunt School Owner

Sharon Customer services

Sharon – Customer services

Sharon is our customer services staff who will be delighted to discuss your requirements and match your availability to our Chatham instructors.

Customer services are open Monday – Friday from 9am – 6pm.

For inquiries outside hours, please leave a message or Email tim.topclass@googlemail.com

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01634 926316

Owner Tim

Owner Tim

Tim Hunt is the driving force behind Topclass Driving School.

Tim’s twenty years experience and extensive knowledge as a Grade (A) DVSA Approved Driving Instructor, allow him to provide informative and productive driving lessons in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, believing driving should be fun, Tim’s relaxed but safe approach is ideal for the more nervous or mature driver. Tim personally covers the Chatham area providing not only hourly lessons but also intensive courses. Tim teaches Manual as well as Automatic and is also the head trainer for our Driving Instructor Training programme.

Customer Reviews Peyton Green

Customer Reviews Chatham Peyton Green

 

I took my driving lessons with Topclass driving school and my driving instructor was Tim Hunt. I would like to as a big thank you for my driving lessons and helping me to pass my driving test so quick, you was a brilliant teacher and I  would highly recommend you to friends and family,  I really enjoyed my driving lessons with you, the fact that you were really easy to get along with was a major confidence boost to me, and I’m quite a shy person. Thank you again for all you’ve done.

Customer Reviews Chatham Peyton Green 

Customer Reviews Aimee Mcintyre

Customer Reviews Aimee Mcintyre

2  I chose top class driving school because friends and family have used them in the past and have passed. I was completely pleased with the company. My instructor was patient with me and only recommended I take my test when he felt I was ready. Then when I did take it, I passed first time. Really getting your money’s worth with this company.

Customer Reviews Chatham Aimee Mcintyre

Customer Reviews Rebecca Potts

Customer Reviews Rebecca Potts

I would like to say thanks to Topclass driving school and my driving instructor. I went with Tim as I had heard good things from friends who have used him before for there own driving lessons and I wasn’t disappointed. He was very patient with me and an excellent teacher I would highly recommend again”

Customer Reviews Chatham Rebecca Potts

Customer Reviews Hannah Firmin

Customer Reviews Hannah Firmin

“I passed my driving test first time with Topclass Driving School!! And I really couldn’t have made a better choice. Tim was especially an amazing driving instructor; he always made driving lessons fun and interesting. He has a great sense of humour…well he kind of had to have teaching some one like myself!! LOL, he is also patient, easy to talk to, and made me feel quite at ease whilst I was driving. I highly recommend this driving school to anyone, it was a great experience!!” Thanks Tim.

Customer Reviews Chatham Hannah Firmin

Driving Instructor Keith Babbs

Driving Instructor Keith Babbs

Keith Babbs is an approved grade (A) DVSA instructor, and has been working in the Chatham area for over 10 years.
If you are a new or nervous driver, Keith teaches in a calm and relaxed manner at a pace that is catered to you, his aim is to teach you to drive safely and confidently for life.

Keith believes in being reliable, patient and punctual, and teaches professionally with a touch of humour, he offers a range of lessons not only 1 or 2 hours, but if it suits you better, 1.5 hours. Keith also teaches already passed drivers for all types of lessons, including refresher lessons, motorway lessons or even parking lessons, whatever your requirement may be.
Your lessons will cover a large area; this ensures you gain a greater knowledge and understanding of all type of roads and junctions. Keith also has an understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

Customer Reviews Daisy Harper

Customer Reviews Daisy Harper

I would like to say a huge thank you to my driving instructor Keith Babbs for helping me get through and pass my driving test. Starting my lessons was nerving and I did not have any hope in myself for passing, after failing two tests I was ready to give up, but Keith pushed me forward and kept me going to finally pass my test on my third attempt. Keith made me feel comfortable every single driving lesson and had a great sense of humour, even though his jokes were not the best.  I would 100% recommend Keith to anyone wanting to learn how to drive. I was never pushed too hard and keith never made me feel like I could not do anything. I’m hoping to complete a pass plus scheme soon with Keith in a month or so. Thanks again!! Its been great.”

Customer Reviews Chatham Daisy Harper

Customer Reviews Charlie Turl

Customer Reviews Charlie Turl

“Hi, I would like to say a massive thank you to my driving instructor Keith Babbs for helping me pass my driving test first time! Having had a 40 hours driving tuition with another instructor and still being extremely nervous, I thought many times that maybe driving wasn’t something I would ever be able to do! Keith was very supportive and helped me to feel at ease after just a few lessons. Every time I made a silly mistake it seemed to set me back but Keith taught me that one mistake didn’t mean the whole drive was rubbish and I soon learned to put them behind me and concentrate on the good. This bit of confidence made my driving a whole lot better and I began to enjoy and look forward to my lessons thanks to Keith’s calm nature and (sometimes rubbish) jokes! Keith was also very patient and understanding when I had to rearrange a few lessons due to work or lack of childcare. Keith believed in me and told me I was going to pass my test when It didn’t seem possible, but now I’ve finally got my pink licence and can’t wait to get behind the wheel and take my daughter to lots of fun places!Thank you so much Keith, I couldn’t have done it without you! Xx

Customer Reviews Chatham Charlie Turl

Customer Reviews Emily Atkinson

Customer Reviews Emily Atkinson

I would like to say a massive thank you to top class driving school and my brilliant instructor keith. He made my learning experience very enjoyable as he was very easy to talk to, making me laugh all the time and calming my nerves. Keith was always very supportive when I was struggling and looked forward to my lessons with him each week, so I would definitely recommend learning with top class and particularly Keith! Thank you! Thanks again!

Customer Reviews Chatham Emily Atkinson

Customer Reviews Amy Tilly Chatham

Customer Reviews Amy Tilly Chatham

I would like to say a massive thank you to my instructor Keith, who helped me pass my driving test first time. Thing didn’t always go smoothly, but thankfully Keith was there to keep a smile on my face and reassure me. He kept me calm when at times I was frustrated and he made every lesson fun! I always looked forward to a driving lesson with Keith. I would definitely recommend Keith to anyone wanting to learn to drive, and once again a HUGE thank you!”

 Customer Reviews Chatham Amy Tilly Chatham

Driving Instructor Liz-Downey

Driving Instructor Liz-Downey

Liz conducts lessons in the Chatham area and offers a relaxed and stress free teaching style, always tailoring the learning experience to the ability of each pupil.

Liz teaches a wide range of students, from complete beginners right through to intensive driving courses, and her main aim is to always encourage the overall confidence and road skills of all her pupils. Liz’s teaching hours are very flexible and she will always endeavour to fit your driving lessons into your own schedules when ever it’s possible.

Customer Reviews Gillingham Lucy Boardman

Customer Reviews Lucy Boardman

I took my driving lessons with Topclass driving school and my driving instructor was Liz. I would like to say it was one of the best experiences I have had. I found every lesson helpful, and really enjoyed having my instructor Liz teach me to drive she was really patient with me when I made any mistakes, and helped me get through my theory test which I thought I would never ever pass. Top class is a great driving school everything was explained and broken down so you could understand it and I would definitely recommend Topclass and Liz for a driving instructor. Thank you for giving me more confidence.”

Customer Reviews Lucy Boardman 

Customer Reviews Gillingham Chelsea Raven

Customer Reviews Chelsea Raven

“Hi Liz, I couldn’t thank you enough for all you have done, you have been absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t of asked for a better instructor!   Thank You for teaching me and getting me through my driving test, most of all having the patience and giving me your full support! You’re amazing at your job and I’ve learnt from the best.. Thank you so much Chelsea xx”

Customer Reviews Chelsea Raveen

Customer Reviews Gillingham Gavin Burch

Customer Reviews Gavin Burch

I passed my test first time would like to say a massive thanks to my driving instructor Liz for her fantastic training in my driving lessons. A pass 1st time and over the moon and would recommend anyone wanting to learn how to drive to use liz from top class.

Customer Reviews Gavin Burch

Customer Reviews Gillingham Chloe Jeffries

Customer Reviews Chloe Jeffries

I Would like to say how much I enjoyed my driving lessons with your Driving School Top class provided me with a great instructor to teach me how to drive. Lessons were of a good price and it was easy to arrange lessons at times suitable for both me and my instructor. My instructor Liz was reliable, always on time with no cancellations, and she was very patient and easy to chat to! My lessons were enjoyable and I would definitely recommend learning to drive through Top class driving school.

Customer Reviews Chloe Jeffries

Driving Instructor Katie Munn

Driving Instructor Katie Munn

Katie has now been teaching a little over 5 years and her main interests are her family, BSL, horse riding and football!  Katie said “I love my job and watching someone go from a complete novice in the car to passing the practical driving test it is the best feeling ever. I now want to be able to further my career and teach a range of people with and without disabilities.”

Our Approved Driving Instructor Katie is fully trained in teaching the deaf and the hard of hearing to drive, and uses British Sign Language, Lip Pattern for lip reading and visual aids to help.

If you have a hearing Impairment Katie will plan each of your driving lessons to suit your individual needs and has developed a simple safe signs whilst driving technique to help you learn on the move. This means you will spend a lot more time driving and a lot less time parked next to the kerb

Customer Reviews Luke Pashly

Customer Reviews Luke Pashly

Hey would I like to say thanks to Top class driving school and my fantastic driving instructor katy. Katy was always very reliable and very patient with me,  always made me feel comfortable and was always building my confidence, I passed 2nd time 4 faults thanks so much katy…

Customer Reviews Luke Pashly

Customer Reviews Gillingham Sarah Kramer

Customer Reviews Sarah Kramer

I would like to say a BIG thanks to my driving instructor Katie at Topclass Driving school she was lovely and always made me feel very confident in my abilities. I enjoyed every driving lesson from the start. Thank you so much for helping me pass first time and keeping me calm on the the way to my driving test.

Customer Reviews Sarah Kramer

Customer Reviews Gillingham Stephanie Tyrone

Customer Reviews Stephanie Tyrone

I took my driving lessons with your company and my driving instructor was Katie. I can’t Thank Topclass enough for giving me the confidence which I needed and a particular thank you to my driving instructor Katie who was always patient and put me at ease she’s the reason why I passed!

Customer Reviews Stephanie Tyrone 

Driving Instructor Lisa Burtenshaw

Driving Instructor Lisa Burtenshaw

Lisa is a busy mum of 2 children and loves spending time with her husband the family she also loves to cook, with cake making a speciality. Lisa offers a relaxed and stress free teaching style, tailoring the learning experience to the abilities of each individual pupil.

Lisa teaches a whole range of pupils, from complete beginners through to intensive courses, and to those just wishing to brush-up on their driving skills, Lisa’s main aim is to always try to encourage the overall confidence and road skills of all her pupils. Her teaching hours are flexible and she will always try to fit your lessons into your own schedules whenever it’s possible.

Customer Reviews Gilligham Hollie Snell

Customer Reviews Hollie Snell

A big Thank you to my driving instructor Lisa Burtenshaw for helping me to pass my driving test first time. I had a bit of a rough start with previous driving instructors however Lisa helped me get my confidence back up and on the road again. I was able to have a laugh with her, I felt relaxed and always looked forward to my lessons each week. Before I knew it I was at the test centre!  I would definitely recommend top class driving school and Lisa to any new drivers!! Thank you so much .

Customer Reviews Hollie Snell

Customer Reviews Sharna Hutchins

Customer Reviews Sharna Hutchins

Hi my names Sharna Hutchins 19 from Walderslade Chatham, mum to a young daughter and working as a hairdresser, I passed today with your instructor Lisa after 2 previous instructors that I didn’t get on with, I finally found a lovely lady who’s a brilliant driving instructor xxx

Customer Reviews Sharna Hutchins

Customer Reviews Chloe Dior

Customer Reviews Chloe Dior

I absolutely loved learning to drive with Top class and my instructor Lisa. She gave me the confidence I needed to pass my test. I will miss our little chats whilst on lessons, couldn’t ask for a better instructor 🙂 xxx

Customer Reviews Chloe Dior

Customer Reviews Sean Hawkins

Customer Reviews Sean Hawkins

I’m Sean and I’m 19 from Hempstead. I work as an apprentice for the skills funding agency doing admin. Learning with my instructor Lisa from top class has been great. She knew the pace which I could learn at and was very patient. As well as always being in a good mood her instructions were clear and very helpful. Lessons weren’t rushed, they ran at a nice pace so I didn’t forget it all as soon as I got home. They were planned out nicely and I felt better about driving after each one. I’d recommend Lisa as an instructor to anyone. Thanks for everything! 🙂

Customer Reviews Sean Hawkins

Driving Instructor Matt Paton

Driving Instructor Matt Paton

Matt has been a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor for the last fourteen years and has taught in both manual and automatic cars.

He enjoys working with a variety of pupils, from those who are total beginners who are very nervous and those who just need to take refresher lessons.  Matt is very patient, understanding and cares greatly for the well being of each pupil so much so that he will always explain in detail the different requirements relating to passing the driving test.  He is punctual and will go out of his way to meet the pupil’s needs wherever possible. He is also Pass Plus registered with the DVSA.

Customer Reviews Gilligham Craig Tyler

Customer Reviews Craig Tyler

Being punctual to driving lessons can be a big factor when one has a busy schedule. I can not think of one occasion when Mathew was even a second late! I had been through two driving instructors all of which did not give me what I wanted out of driving and more importantly the instructor that was going to get me driving on the road safely! Mathew provided excellent instruction to me, making sure I understood procedures before undertaking them. I wasn’t just taught to ‘pass my test’ I was taught how to read the road, what factors can affect driving, what actions do I need to take to correct certain situations. All of which I did not get from two previous driving instructors. Matthew goes the extra mile to assist the learner and not ‘just get them through their test’. Mathew gets a full and complete recommendation from me of the highest regard and I’ll continue to recommend Matthew to my friends and colleagues. I enjoyed learning with Matthew to such an extent that I’ll be in contact fairly soon to book the Pass Plus. To which, I am looking forward to. I cannot recommend Mathew enough as an influential driving instructor who not only teaches one to drive, but to drive safely.”

Customer Reviews Craig Tyler

Customer-Reviews-Samantha-Phipps

Customer-Reviews-Samantha-Phipps

I took my driving lessons with your instructor Mat Paton would like to say Brilliant Instructor with good instructions. Always noticed when I did something wrong and corrected me. Taught me very well and helped me overcome all my bad habits that I picked up from my last instructor. If I do the Pass Plus Scheme, I will be back in contact to do this with Top Class via Matt, if possible. Would like to say thank you for teaching me to drive and keep up the good work

Customer Reviews Samantha Phipps 

 Customer-Reviews-Adam-Robinson


Customer-Reviews-Adam-Robinson

I would like to give a big thanks to my driving instructor Matt from Topclass driving school who was my second instructor and by far the better one he was always very patient and calm he also made me feel comfortable and I will definitely recommend him to all my friends who will be doing there lessons. Thanks Matt.

Customer Reviews Adam Robinson

Driving Instructor Amanda Foley

Driving Instructor Amanda Foley

Amanda offers driving tuition in an up to date manual Vehicle and is flexible with lesson times, and weekends are included where available. Amanda is a fun person and likes to bring this to her lessons whilst still always maintaining a professional approach.

Amanda can teach a variety of individuals ranging from complete beginners, right through to the young or the more mature student, to full license holders needing help in specific areas, Such as motorway, refresher or parking practice. Nervous drivers are also catered for so whatever your requirements, Amanda will always try to assist.

Customer Reviews Gillingham Jessica Bird

Customer Reviews Gillingham Jessica Bird

“I Would like to say I am so pleased I passed my driving test today with Amanda from Topclass Driving Schools Gillingham. I passed first time with only two minors – I can now drive my car all on my own. I would highly recommend Topclass Driving Schools Gillingham and Amanda to Any one Wanting to Take Driving Lessons. Thanks Amanda for helping me to do it.”

Customer Reviews Jessica Bird 

Customer Reviews Gillingham Laura High

Customer Reviews Gillingham Laura High

“Hi I wish to thank Amanda for teaching me to drive it has been scary and exciting at the same time but one of the best things I’ve done though. Amanda has always been patient through good and bad times and she is more like a friend than a teacher. We have had lots of fun along the way I will be recommending her to all my friends. Thanks so much!”

Customer Reviews Laura High

Customer Reviews Gilligham Amber Cavanagh

Customer Reviews Gilligham Amber Cavanagh

“Hi my names Amber Cavanagh I would like to say  thanks to Topclass driving school and my driving instructor Amanda for being very patient with me, and making my driving lessons fun. I passed my driving test first time with only 3 minors. I would highly recommend Topclass driving school and of course Amanda to anyone wanting to learn to drive x”  Thanks Amanda

Customer Reviews Amber Cavanagh

Customer Reviews Gillingham Sasha Jenkins

Customer Reviews Gillingham Sasha Jenkins

Sasha Jenkins from Gillingham Passed her driving test in Gillingham first time with only four minor errors after taking her driving lessons in with our instructor Amanda Foley.  this is what Sasha had to say… “This will make a massive difference to my life with having to go to work and college – thank you so much Amanda for your patience and all the fun along the way xx”

Customer Reviews Sasha Jenkins 

Driving Instructor Calvin-Quinnell

Driving Instructor Calvin-Quinnell

Calvin has 6 years experience as a grade A DVSA approved driving instructor. Calvin provides patient and rewarding driving lessons, allowing the most Nervous driver a satisfying and positive experience, believing with the correct driving tuition learning to drive can be very enjoyable.

He provides driving lessons in a manual car with a flexible approach to lesson times and pick up points so whether it is an early start or a late finish. So, a 1 hour lesson or an intensive driving course Calvin can provide you with a personalised learning experience to meet your every need in a professional manner.

Customer Reviews Gillingham April Holly Tamsett Smith

Customer Reviews April Holly Tamsett Smith

Hi I would just like to say thanks to my driving instructor Calvin for everything he has helped me to achieve in the last year. I wouldn’t be driving if it wasn’t for him. Thank you for having the patience and giving me the encouragement I needed. I would definitely recommend Topclass driving school to anyone looking to learn to drive.  Thank you, once again.”

Customer Reviews Hollie Grace Tamsett-Smith

Customer Reviews Gillingham Hannah Brassington

Customer Reviews Hannah Brassington

“Hi I had driving lessons with your instructor Calvin in Gillingham. He was patient, calm and brilliant at making me feel at ease. I passed my test first time and would definitely recommend learning with Calvin at TopClass Driving School.”

Customer Reviews Hannah Brassington

Driving Instructor Darshan Upple

Driving Instructor Darshan Upple

Darshan is an experienced DVSA Approved Driving Instructor, and has been also been a taxi driver for over 15 years. Darshan believes in being patient, friendly, and in instilling into all his ‘L’ pupils, a safe attitude towards all other road users, so after passing their driving test the pupil can enjoy driving with skill, responsibility and stay safe for life

Customer Reviews Gillingham Suman Fathima

Customer Reviews Gillingham Suman Fathima

Although I had a car already and has been driving on IDP for a few months.  A fellow doctor recommended Darshan to me at the hospital. Darshan was patient and insistent on helping me to overcome bad driving habits as I only had 5 days of training to get ready for the Test. I found it hard to perform consistently well but Darshan kept on. I was really pleased to pass my driving Test 1st time and immediately after the test went to Toyota Garage to order a car with my Driving Test pass certificate. At the hospital, I have other colleagues who wish to pass UK driving test. I will be recommending him and Topclass to everyone.

Customer Reviews Suman Fathima

Customer Reviews Gillingham Jack innes

Customer Reviews Gillingham Jack innes

My sister who was learning to drive with Darshan, recommend him. Darshan helped me to make rapid progress. I was getting lots of driving experience; there wasn’t much sitting around chatting. This helped me gain valuable experience and getting me ready for the test. I enjoyed my lessons and was happy to pass 1st Time. I can recommend you to others without a doubt.

Customer Reviews Jack Innes

Customer Reviews Gillingham Guntis Krikis

Customer Reviews Gillingham Guntis Krikis

Guntis Krikis I was very impressed to pass my driving test within just 2 weeks. I was happy with Darshans patience and the fact he crammed everything in to get him ready for the test so quickly. I will be recommending to others. Especially my girlfriend who wants to learn to drive. Thanks Darshan.

Customer Reviews Guntis Krikis

Customer Reviews Gilligham Patricia Emumnwen

Customer Reviews Gilligham Patricia Emumnwen

I found Darshan to be patient and very easy going instructor to get on with. Our lessons were always relaxed and involved lot of driving in the town with many hazards to deal with. My faults were always explained and improvements made. Darshan is a very good teacher, hence I was able to pass my test 1st time very quickly in just 2 months. Thanks Darshan, will definitely recommend you to others.

Customer Reviews Patricia Emumnwen

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