Meet The Rochester Team

Welcome to our our team of fully qualified and hardworking driving Instructors who are waiting to deliver your driving licence. Meet the Rochester 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 Rochester 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 926306 

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 Rochester 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 Kiera Butler

Customer Reviews Kiera Butler

“I would like to say a big thank you to my driving instructor Tim at Topclass driving school, I had never drove before and I went for a 3 week intensive driving course and passed my test first time with only one minor error! Tim was very professional but could always have a laugh which made me feel so much more relaxed. I Would highly recommended doing an intensive course with Tim over and over again. Thanks again!!’

Customer Reviews Kiera Butler

Customer Reviews Gillingham Justin Bryant

Customer Reviews Justin Bryant

I am well pleased I passed my driving test as it will now benefit my work and personal life. I would especially like to thank my driving instructor Tim for getting me through it. He always made me feel at ease and made learning to drive an enjoyable experience. When my son turns 17 in September I will be getting in touch with Tim to teach him to drive and I will be recommending Tim and the Topclass driving school team to anyone who wishes to learn to drive. Thanks.”

Customer Reviews Justin Bryant 

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 Rebecca Potts

Customer Reviews Laura Spooner

Customer Reviews Laura Spooner

I went with top class driving school to learn to drive an automatic. I’d heard they were a reputable company and quickly realised when undertaking the first couple of lessons I’d be in safe hands when learning to drive. My instructor, Tim, had a calm manner which quickly put me at ease in the car, he went over the basics then gradually added more complex manoeuvres to ensure all aspects of the test were covered. As I had previous experience of being on the road due to riding a motorbike Tim made sure I was pushing myself each lesson to ensure there was no wasted time. In total I took around 11 lessons which was a sufficient amount of time to learn all I needed to not only pass the driving test, but to feel confident on the roads. I would strongly recommend trying Top class if you are thinking about learning to drive.

Customer Reviews Laura Spooner

Driving Instructor Keith Babbs

Driving Instructor Keith Babbs

Keith Babbs is an approved grade (A) DVSA instructor, and has been working in the Rochester 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 Atefeh Nasrollahim,

Customer Reviews Atefeh Nasrollahim,

Hi Keith, Thanks for all your support that helped me pass my test today! “I want to thank Keith for his great support and great method of teaching! He is definitely one of the best driving instructors who knows how to create a comfortable environment where you can learn everything with a peaceful mind. What I liked most about him is that unlike some other instructors, he only tells you the truth and not thinking of getting you to book more and more lessons!”

Customer Reviews Atefeh Nasrollahim, 

Customer Reviews Ricky Grosvenor

Customer Reviews Ricky Grosvenor

“Hi my names Ricky I took my driving lessons with Topclass driving school and my driving instructor was Keith. I would like to say to Keith thanks for all the things you’ve done for me. You have had such a lot of patience with me and helped me to pass my driving test, and get my driving license. I would highly recommend you and Topclass driving school to everyone and anyone. You are a great driving instructor, and I will see you on the road”

Customer Reviews Ricky Grosvenor

Customer Reviews Grant Butler

Customer Reviews Grant Butler

Starting driving lessons is a very nerve-racking process. There are many driving schools and many more instructors which can leave people relying on others recommendations. Due to this I would like to make a very big recommendation in the direction of Keith Babbs. When I first joined Keith I had no prior experience driving a car nor did I have any confidence that I could learn to drive. Keith doesn’t have a fixed plan for all students – he amends his routine to help each of his students progress in a way of which suits them best. This is a bold statement when baring in mind I have only had one driving instructor, however… I know there wouldn’t be a better driving instructor who puts their pupils first and has such calm and professional approach to their job. Keith passed me first time and I would like to thank him for the dedication and commitment he offered.”

Customer Reviews Grant Butler

Customer Reviews Elizabeth Jordan

Customer Reviews Elizabeth Jordan

“Keith is the best driving instructor anyone could wish for. He makes you feel comfortable and gives you the important information and never seems to be shocked by anything (no matter how hard you may try). He has a brilliantly terrible list of jokes to go with his utterly invaluable experience and skill as a teacher. I passed first time without ever expecting to but Keith had complete faith in my ability and he was right. I’m going to miss our quirky conversations but hope to keep in touch.”

Customer Reviews Elizabeth Jordan

Driving Instructor Liz-Downey

Driving Instructor Liz-Downey

Liz conducts lessons in the Rochester 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 Charley Purrsey

Customer Reviews Charley Purrsey

“I started learning to drive with Liz from Top class driving school after she was highly recommended to me by friends. I never thought I would be able to take a test let alone pass! Liz made everything so easy to understand which made my nerves so much easier to handle. I enjoyed every minute in the car with her and will genuinely miss her company every week. Thank you liz xxx.”

Customer Reviews Charley Purrsey

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 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 Tony Parr

Customer Reviews Tony Parr

Hi Katie thanks so much for all your time and effort I was hard work! Lol But you got me there in the end! And I couldn’t have done it without you J

Customer Reviews Tony Parr

Customer Reviews Shona Callaghan

Customer Reviews Shona Callaghan

Highly recommended, Katie from top class. Katie is the most amazing driving instructor and has supported me all the way. I will definitely miss my driving lessons with her. Thanks once again Katie I couldn’t have done it without you. You can finally get rid of me haha !! xxxx

Customer Reviews Shona Callaghan

Customer Reviews Scott Norwood

Customer Reviews Scott Norwood

Just to say thanks for your help in getting me through my driving test last week. Your optimism and calmness were a great help. I would highly recommend Topclass driving school and yourself to anyone wanting to learn to drive.

Customer Reviews Scott Norwood

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 Lenka Indriliunas

Customer Reviews Lenka Indriliunas

Hi my name is Lenka Indriliunas, I am 28 years old and I live in Rochester Kent. I am  part of the management team for leading UK catering company based in London. I travel to London every day so the driving license was a must for me. I wouldn’t have been able to make it without my driving instructor Lisa. As much as she is professional and all her explanations did help me to understand everything I needed to know about the car and the driving, she is very friendly. She helped me to relax and enjoy this whole journey towards the driving license. I do recommend her to everyone, beginners or not. TOP CLASS ROCKS!

Customer Reviews Lenka Indriliunas

Customer Reviews Helene Miseur

Customer Reviews Helene Miseur

“I got my automatic driving licence when it became clear I’d have to go abroad with work a couple of years ago, and would no longer be able to rely on public transport like I had in London. At the time it was the quickest and most convenient option, enabling me to drive right away on the Continent. Since then however, both my job and circumstances have changed, and I found I now needed a manual licence. All my colleagues (and students) who’d learnt to drive in the area recommended Top Class, and I have nothing but praise for their professionalism and efficiency. The call-centre staff call you back when they say they will, are friendly and quick to place you with a named instructor.  My instructor Lisa immediately understood my situation and built the lessons around the fact I needed time to get used to a manual transmission, as opposed to starting from scratch as a driver. Lessons were relaxed and informal, which helped a lot with the transition, but always full of useful tips. Lisa’s very friendly, always on time, easy to contact and quick to reply. She’ll also go out of her way to try and fit in with your schedule. I totally recommend her and Top Class – thank you for making this such a smooth (and fun) process!”

Customer Reviews Helene Miseur

Customer Reviews Tyler Chibnal

Customer Reviews Tyler Chibnal

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.

Customer Reviews Tyler Chibnal 

Customer Reviews Charlie Baily

Customer Reviews Charlie Baily

I work within a college as a theatre technician and I was so excited to have my driving lessons and then pass my driving test. I started learning to drive with Lisa in April 2015 and within less than 5 months I am a new driver. From my first lesson, Lisa got me sat behind the steering wheel teaching me the basics and then progressing from there. I was so nervous the first time I sat in the drivers seat but Lisa soon put me at ease. She was so calming, friendly and positive in her responses to me when I thought I wasn’t doing it right. I know I have passed my test however I would not of been able to do this without Lisa’s positive approach to teaching. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to learn to drive! Thank you Lisa!

Customer Reviews Charlie Bailey

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 Jack Horrocks

Customer Reviews Jack Horrocks

Hi my name is Jack horrocks I passed my driving test at Gillingham test centre on th 25th July I would like to say thank you to Topclass driving School and Amanda my driving Instructor for helping me to pass my test.” Thanks Amanda

Customer Reviews Jack Horrocks 

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

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