Meet The Gillingham Team
Welcome to our our team of fully qualified and hardworking driving Instructors who are waiting to deliver your driving licence. Meet the Gillingham 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.
Sharon is our customer services staff who will be delighted to discuss your requirements and match your availability to our Gillingham instructors.
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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 Gillingham 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.
Keith Babbs is an approved grade (A) DVSA instructor, and has been working in the Gillingham 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.
“I would like to say a Massive thank you to my driving instructor Keith “Keith is friendly, fatherly and funny! He puts you at ease straight away, remains calm and relaxed (which helps when you are a nervous first time driver) and makes driving enjoyable. He is encouraging and always positive, even when you are having a bad day. I can’t thank him enough for helping me to get my full licence. My younger sister is on the waiting list!”
Hayley Nelson Gillingham
A very big thank you to my Driving Instructor Keith Babbs from Top Class driving school for helping me pass my practical driving test first time. He was extremely patient throughout and very calm considering driving did not come naturally to me! I feel Keith has provided me with not only the expertise to pass my driving test but more importantly the ability to feel confident driving anywhere. I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone who is thinking of booking driving lessons.
Joe Hartland Gillingham
Being a shy person, Keith was the perfect driving instructor for me. Keith was friendly and engaging from the first lesson; qualities of his that lasted throughout all my lessons. Beyond this, his capabilities as a driving instructor could not be better, teaching me all the necessary skills to become a driver. I’d definitely recommend Keith or any Top Class member to anyone for driving lessons in the future. Thanks to Keith and Top Class for all their support throughout!
Stephen Norman Gillingham
I would like to thank Keith, my instructor, for helping me gain the confidence to even face the idea of driving let alone pass my test! I was a very nervous driver and bad experiences with past instructors had made me even more anxious. Keith made driving seem more bearable and less scary, putting me at ease during my lessons. I initially hated driving and didn’t think I would ever have the ability nor confidence to pass my test, so thank you Keith!
Megan Bowman Gillingham
Liz conducts lessons in the Gillingham 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.
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.”
Lucy Boardman Gillingham
“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”
Chelsea Raveen Gillingham
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.
Gavin Burch Gillingham
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.”
Chloe Jeffries, Gillingham
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.
Hiya Katie hope your okay I would just like to say thanks so much for being the best driving instructor anyone could ever ask for, you have given me the right knowledge and understanding of the road I’m so happy! Thanks Katie x
Customer Reviews Liam Steers
Hi Katy thank you so much! For everything I know I could be a right pain but you’re a brilliant driving instructor and i wouldn’t of passed my test if it weren’t for you.
Customer Reviews Nick Scott
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.
Sarah Kramer Gillingham
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!
Stephanie Tyrone Gillingham
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.
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 .
I did my driving lessons with Lisa from Topclass I highly recommend her as a tutor as she communicates well with her students and is easy to get along with. I found lisa easy to understand in the points she was trying to get across and very supportive in every lesson I took. Lisa also listened to any questions I had whilst on our lesson and would always be more than helpful in her response. Another point I’d like to say is that Lisa would ask if there was anything I wanted to do or practise at the start of our lesson in case there was anything I was having problems with or needed extra practise on. I would highly recommend Lisa as an instructor and Top class as a driving school.
I took my driving lessons with your driving school and I would like to say thank you to my driving instructor.
Being 29 at first I thought I would never end up driving but luckily i had lisa from top class who is a top driving instructor from your first to last lesson, she puts you at ease and makes your learning experience easy, such a lovely lady 10 out of 10 and would recommend to everyone wanting to learn to drive.
A massive thank you to my driving instructor Lisa for putting in all the hard work and commitment I needed to get me through my driving test. I would highly recommend.
Customer Reviews Harry Smallridge
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
“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.”
Jessica Bird Gillingham
“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!”
Laura High Gillingham
“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
Amber Cavanagh Gillingham
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”
Sasha Jenkins Gillingham
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.
“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.”
Hollie Grace Tamsett-Smith
“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.”
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
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.
Suman Fathima Gillingham
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.
Jack Innes Gillingham
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.
Guntis Krikis Gillingham
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.
Patricia Emumnwen Gillingham