Meet The Strood Team

Welcome to our our team of fully qualified and hardworking driving Instructors who are waiting to deliver your driving licence. Meet the Strood 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 Strood 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 926016

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 Strood 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 Amy Abbotson

Customer Reviews Amy Abbotson

Hi my names Amy Abbottson I took my driving lessons with Topclass driving school I would like to say my instructor  Tim was such a good driving instructor and made me feel really comfortable. He helped me through step by step and always made sure I was 100% comfortable with what I was doing. If I was unsure about something we would practise it until I felt confident doing it. I really enjoyed my lessons with Tim because as well as being an excellent instructor we also got along very well! I was really nervous when I started and I feel very confident when driving now thanks to Tim!”

Customer Reviews Amy Abbotson

Customer Reviews Emily Milligan

Customer Reviews Emily Milligan

I would like to say a big thankyou to tim my driving instructor and to top class driving school who helped me pass my driving test first time. I turned 17 only 7 weeks ago and managed to complete just under 35 hours in this time. Even though my nerves usually get the better of me, tim had so much patience which created a relaxed environment. My sister also passed first time with this driving school so I would definitely highly recommend top class driving school to anyone who wants quality lessons!!  Thanks again Tim!!:)”

Customer Reviews Emily Milligan

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 Strood Leanne Towart

Customer Reviews Strood Leanne Towart

I can’t thank Tim Hunt enough for helping me to pass my driving test. Initially I was nervous about learning to drive but Tim instantly put me at ease. His friendly and chatty personality meant we got on straight away which made my lessons fun. He made sure that we spent enough time on the areas I felt less comfortable with whilst still pushing forward so that I continued to progress.
Thanks Tim and Topclass you were great and I’d happily recommend you to anyone looking for a driving instructor.

Customer Reviews Strood Leanne Towart

Driving Instructor Keith Babbs

Driving Instructor Keith Babbs

Keith Babbs is an approved grade (A) DVSA instructor, and has been working in the Strood 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 Summer Richards

Customer Reviews Summer Richards

Hi my name is Summer Richards, I passed my test second time. My driving instructor was Keith babbs he did an AMAZING job teaching me, I was very nervous to start with and he helped me ease my nerves! I couldn’t of done it without Keith I am really going to miss my lessons with him! I would recommend anyone to Keith, a brilliant driving instructor

Customer Reviews Summer Richards 

Customer Reviews Emily Jug

Customer Reviews Emily Jug

“Hi I would like to say a big thank you to Topclass driving school and my driving instructor Keith. Of the four different driving instructors that I sampled when deciding to learn to drive, Keith was the one who stood out the most because of his approachable manner, charisma, and humour. I immediately felt comfortable with him and felt safe during our driving lessons. He never pushed me too hard or made me feel stupid when I made a mistake. Keith has a wonderful bubbly personality which added to my enjoyment of a quite stressful activity. I trusted his professionalism to know that he would not put me in for a test until I was ready. I have now passed my driving test and have completed my pass plus with him. I would recommend Keith to anyone who wished to learn to drive and needs a safe, calm environment.”

Customer Reviews Emily Jug 

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 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 Amy Tilly Chatham

Driving Instructor Liz-Downey

Driving Instructor Liz-Downey

Liz conducts lessons in the Strood 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 Toni Bruce

Customer Reviews Toni Bruce

“Hello I’d like to say thanks to my driving instructor Liz for teaching me to drive and helping me pass my driving test, she’s a great instructor and I would recommend her to any of my friends or family for driving lessons.”

Customer Reviews Toni Bruce

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 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 Anthony Gillingham

Customer Reviews Anthony Gillingham

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.

Customer Reviews Anthony Gillingham

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 Catherine Lloyd

Customer Reviews Catherine Lloyd

I have been learning to drive on and off since I was 17. I used to travel to work by bus but with the help of my instructor Lisa I passed my test first time and can now drive to work and back. Since I started my lessons with Lisa I always felt very comfortable in the car with her and very positive towards myself driving. My lessons with Lisa were always based on what I needed to learn next, she helped me dramatically with my manoeuvres. I can’t thank Lisa enough for the help and support she gave me throughout my lessons and my test! Thankyou Lisa x

Customer Reviews Catherine Lloyd

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 Laura Forman

Customer Reviews Laura Forman

I Would Like to say thanks to Amanda from Topclass Driving School for helping me to get through my driving test – it has been hard going but worth it to get the pass – I can’t wait to get my car now thanks so much Amanda.”

Customer Reviews Laura Forman

Customer Reviews Louis White

Customer Reviews Louis White

“Hi i would like to say thanks to Topclass driving school and my driving instructor Amanda who was extremely good at helping me achieve my driving goal successfully. i would recommend Topclass school of motoring to anyone starting to learn to drive”

Customer Reviews Louis White 

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 

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