Teaching Driving Skills for Life

Independent Female Driving Instructor
Covering Tamworth and surrounding areas
Dual control manual car
One to One Tuition, no shared lessons
Free welcome pack
Free theory test training

07944 502510

About Me

My name is Kirsty Smith, I own and run Pullinger School of Motoring. I passed my driving test in November 1994, it was one of the most nerve wracking things I have done over the years.

As a motorist for over 20 years, I have seen how the roads have changed. Until 2010 I was a full-time delivery driver for Tesco.com, seeing how others treated the vans, I decided to become a driving instructor to pass my knowledge on to others, to try and keep the roads as safe as possible, and make sure that people are aware of the limitations of vision in all vehicles and to show how to allow for the seemingly unexpected.

I fully understand why anyone is nervous about learning to drive, as a result the syllabus is simply a guide of what needs to be learned and consistently carried out before any test should be attempted.

I enjoy teaching nervous students, those with ADHD, autism and anxiety.

The Car

The Vauxhall Astra Elite Nav, is the top-of-the-range model in the hatchback's line-up. As the 'Elite' name may suggest, its top-end placement in the Astra's range means it comes with bags of equipment as standard. You are treated to automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, automatic climate control and heated, leather sports seats.

The car is fitted with He-Man Dual Controls which are a 100% British product. Each dual control is a dedicated design, to ensure the highest level of operation and safety.

In addition to He-Man Dual Controls, the car is also fiteed with forward and rear facing backview cameras which provides the ability to review any lesson in detail using the recorded video footage.

Driving School Car 1
Driving School Car 2
Driving School Car 2

The Syllabus

1. The drivers seat

  1. Cockpit checks
  2. Controls and instruments

2. About the vehicle

  1. Vehicle safety checks
  2. Vehicle security
  3. Loads or passengers

3. Getting started

  1. Moving off
  2. Normal driving position
  3. Stopping
  4. Emergency / controlled stop

4. The traffic environment

  1. Crossroads
  2. Roundabouts
  3. Complex junctions
  4. Pedestrian crossings
  5. Level crossings
  6. One-way systems
  7. Dual carriageways
  8. Rural roads
  9. Motorways

5. Hazard perception

  1. Visual search
  2. Identifying hazards
  3. Prioritizing hazards
  4. Reacting appropriately

6. Manoeuvres

  1. Right reverse
  2. Left reverse
  3. Turn in the road
  4. Forward bay parking
  5. Reverse bay parking
  6. Reverse parallel park
  7. Park up on the right

7. Responsible driving

  1. Eco-safe driving
  2. Independent driving
  3. Vulnerable road users
  4. Night driving
  5. Adverse weather driving
  6. How to use commentary driving

8. New driver scenarios

  1. Distractions
  2. The influence of others
  3. Fatigue
  4. Speed choices
  5. Alcohol
  6. Drugs
  7. In-car safety feature

The Prices

1 Hour Lesson £35
5 Hour Block £175*
10 Hour Block £350*

* Block bookings require advance payment
Card payments accepted in car.


Test Resources

Use the links below to access resources that will help with your learning, along with direct links to book both your theory and practical driving tests

Useful Resources
Theory Test Tools
Practical Test Booking


Becky - Dec 2020

Passed in December 2020

Mathilda - Oct 2020


Passed - October 2020

Daniel - Sep 2020


Passed - September 2020

Natalie - Dec 2019


Passed - December 2019

Mia - August 2019


Passed - August 2019

Angus - July 2019


Passed - July 2019

Joanne - April 2019

Passed - Aptil 2019

Ryan - March 2019

Passed - March 2019

Lauren - Mar 2019

Kirsty helped me think rationally when I was nervous or unsure about something and was always on hand to ask any questions to. She made me feel comfortable and relaxed when I was preparing for my test and encouraged me in times of doubt. She has great flexibility to fit around your schedule. Thanks Kirsty!

Megan - Feb 2019


Kirsty is extremely good at keeping you calm and talking you through all situations. I found it very easy to learn with her as she allows the time needed to process everything.

Jamie - Jan 2019


Kirsty is a great instructor she knows everything you need to know and great at explaining things to you also if your not very confident she will help you out so much and is very easy to get along with and talk to.

Steph - Nov 2018


Well I passed first time and I, and people I have driven with, believe I am a safe driver and that is all down to Kirsty and her teaching. I would highly recommend, she makes you feel comfortable and safe while driving and learning. She is a fab instructor.

Matthew - Oct 2018


I recommend Kirsty because she was very calm, went at my pace and was very very patient. She made me a lot more confident and helped me overcome nerves. I felt safe in the car with her and it was never awkward or uncomfortable. She is also a good laugh.

Kirsty - Aug 2018


Helped me correct anything I was struggling with. Supported me throughout the whole way. Explained everything clearly so I could understand.

Shannon - Aug 2018


Passed in August 2018

Vanessa - Jul 2018


Kirsty has taught me how to drive, properly. She has made me feel confident on the road when at first I thought that was impossible. I have always struggled with my nerves however with Kirsty's guidance I have learnt that keeping people safe is nothing to be nervous about, and that I CAN drive. Couldn't recommend her enough. So thankful for everything, and I passed first time.

Phil - Jul 2018


I would recommend Kirsty because she's friendly, considerate and patient; especially in my circumstances with two fails due to nerves. Kirsty pushes you till you can do something and do it well and so that you're calm, comfortable and ready to put it in use practically. As well as being a laugh too, always important to have a little bit of fun after all.

Jack - Jun 2018


Passed in June 2018

Contact Us

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Pullinger School of Motoring
B77 5TF

07944 502510