About Us

 Hi, my name is Laura Allen, and I’m Head of Instruction here at LA Driving School. Having always loved driving, when I had an unfortunate accident whilst training to be a nurse I wanted to combine that love with my passion for helping people and caring nature. Remembering my own driving instruction, where I was petrified by just being put behind the wheel and told to ‘drive’, I wanted to offer learners a woman’s touch; a calm and friendly environment to make learning an enjoyable experience. So many of my learners, on passing their test, ask if they can carry on paying me to drive around with them! I started out in the industry 6 years ago, picking up my ORDIT qualification along the way (meaning I train other driving instructors), and before long was able to set up my own school to ensure you get the best instruction possible.

As a mum of three with a child who suffers from ADHD, I am well equipped to deal with students who may need that bit of extra care and attention, whether you are a particularly nervous driver or have a learning difficulty, do give me a call and let me put you at ease.

At LA Driving School, we offer;

  • Online Theory Test training
  • Learner lessons
  • Intensive Learner courses
  • Pass Plus Course
  • Refresher Couses
  • ORDIT Instructor Training

To find out more about learning to drive with us, head over to
and see what we can do for you!


LA Driving School recently became an associate of 1st 4 Driving LTD, a driving school support and management service created by Dave Foster MA Dip.DI.

Dave is one of the UK’s most qualified driving instructors, one of just a handful of individuals to have completed an MA (Master’s Degree) and Dip.DI (Diploma in Driving Instruction) in driving education. Not only that, he has a vast array of industry experience; consulting for some of the biggest franchises in the country, being a question writer and examiner for driving trainer examination bodies, editing and updating various manuals and being published in numerous driver training magazines. When it comes to driving instruction, Dave literally wrote the book. A few years ago, Dave moved away from the large companies as he felt they were refusing to adapt to a changing environment and set up 1st 4 Driving, so he could share his knowledge, expertise, and above all passion for driver education with associate schools. Wherever possible Dave has either overseen or actively completed the ADI training for instructors at his associate schools to ensure that association with 1st 4 Driving can be seen as a guarantee of quality and competence.