Our Pupil Comments


Katie McDowell - Greenisland

So happy passed my test first time this morning! I had a fantastic time learning to drive with Stephen and I would recommend Abbey Driving school to anyone! Thanks so much


Scott Macklin - Glengormley

Great instuctor, lessons are fun and if you listen to him you'll pass no problem. Would reccomend to anyone looking to pass their driving test.


Micha Hipolito - Belfast

Stephen's extensive knowledge of driving, his patience and careful teachings have allowed me to pass my test! Stephen's dedication to his job is highly commendable! From the very start, I discovered that driving was not going to be easy for me. But, Stephen's continual encouragement, constructive criticisms (delivered kindly of course) and advice helped me so much! No wonder why Abbey driving school has such a high pass rate! Thanks a lot Stephen!


Ryan Dallas - Monkstown

Excellent driving instructor & driving school. My experience with Stephen was great from my first lesson throughout explaining all of the many factors of learning to drive , there was great offers to get you a feel for driving and a champion executing manouvers , driving skill & most of all safety and always made it enjoyable , I passed in 3 months from 1st lesson , theory & test and could not be happier. I recommend Abbey Driving School to all.


Nicole Jackson - Glengormley

Stephens a fantastic instructor learnt very quickly! Felt at ease learning and had a great time learning. Stephen is very easy to talk to and have a good laugh with! Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to get out on the road!


Gary Clenaghan - Shore Road

Stephen is a fantastic driving instructor. I passed my test today, first time, with only 2 minor faults. I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Stephen. Gary.


Fionntan Smith - Mallusk

Top instructor really patient and helpful would highly recommend


David Alexander - Carrickfergus

Stephen is an outstanding driving instructor, he’s very patient and helps you a lot

Conor Greene - Whiteabbey

Great instructor, loads of great craic along the way - would recommend him to anyone!


Ross Pyper - Newtownabbey

Great instructor, loads of great craic along the way - would recommend him to anyone!

Eoin Hudson - North Belfast

I took the intense driving course -  all my lessons within 2 weeks while I was on my holidays and passed first time, all before going back to work! I am so happy with the result. I would recommend Stephen to anyone who wants to pass their test as quickly as possible . Thanks Stephen!

Katie McDowell - Jordanstown  

Just passed my test today with Steven only 4 minors after a few lessons would highly recommend him to anyone... Thanks

Patrick Scullion - Jordanstown

As I write this, I'm currently in shock that today I passed the driving test on my first attempt. I'd always imagined myself having many terrifying and embarrassing tales of test failure! I am naturally a clumsy and nervous person which made learning to drive a real struggle. From fairly early on, both Stephen and I knew that I would be in this for the long haul. At times, his patience was nothing short of saintly. His criticism was always constructive and delivered kindly.
Along with a precise and exhaustive knowledge of driving, Stephen brings a flawless expertise on test format and test routes. This helped me to feel so much more in control and capable of showing my full potential during my exam.
Abbey Driving's flexibility in being able to accommodate my changing work-schedule was a huge advantage, as was Stephen's great chat and humour.
Learning to drive took a level of focus and commitment that I wasn't expecting but I feel so lucky and grateful that I found a driving school and instructor who was willing to provide the same!

Thank you, Stephen!

Paul McCann - Belfast 

Just passed my test 1st Time! Thanks to Abbey Driving School - Paul

Ryan Armstrong - Mallusk

I am delighted to pass my test with the Abbey Driving School. Thank you, Ryan.

John Gillen - Glengormley

Just passed today with 2 minors. Stephen is a brilliant instructor. Would recommend him to anyone!

Iona Branagh - Greenisland

Even though I was quite nervous starting to learn how to drive again, Stephen was quickly able to build my confidence up and helped me enjoy my lessons. I would highly recommend him.

Linzi Bell - Glengormley

Just passed my test! Would highly recommend stephen! He taught me quickly and pushed me to be the best driver I could be. He gave me the confidence to pass my test as I was very nervous! Wouldn't go anywere else!! Best driving instructor ever!! Will miss my lessons but very happy to be on the roads now :)) 

Caroline Gilmore - Ballyduff

Highly recommend!I found my lessons with Stephen really engaging and enjoyable...for an initially really nervous driver he made me feel really relaxed and confident and made sure to push me so that I was learning fast! I looked forward to lessons instead of dreading them like I thought I would...really nice guy, goes out of his way to get you through your test ! Will actually miss lessons with him now now I have passed ! Thanks Stephen! :) :) xxx

Ursula James - Mallusk

Just passed my test today first time round! Couldn't have done it without Stephen. Great driving instructor and would recommend him to everyone! Thanks so much Stephen xx Ursula

Leanne Kinkead - Greenisland

Just passed today, 1st time! Stephen is a brilliant driving instructor, with plenty of patience and jokes to keep you amused and at ease. 
Thanks Stephen :) x  Leanne

Thomas - Greenisland

Stephen is an excellent driving instructor. Got me passed quickly and with confidence, and I had fun along the way.

Paul McGurkin - Jordanstown

Hi Stephen, Thanks for all your help in getting Paul through the test successfully.  We're delighted with the result this morning!  Kind regards, John

Fiona Bailey - Newtownabbey

Brilliant driving school- friendly, efficient and guaranteed a swift pass. Thanks Stephen :) now legal on the road feeling confident and safe!!

Rachel Brown - Newtownabbey

I passed first time today thanks to Stephen. Even though I lacked confidence he never gave up on me. Thank-you Stephen! I would recommend ya to anyone!

Katie Burke - Newtownabbey

i passed first time with steven and struggled with other instructors bt steven helped me within a bink of a eye 8lessons and he had me passed my test!! amazing! and had gd crack with him along the way lol!! THANK YOU ;-)

Tony McAuley - Jordanstown

Thanks fot all your help, I enjoysed the lesson and would have no problem recommending abbey!! 

Lauren McM - Belfast

Thank youuuu Stephen. Definately the best driving instructor about, so patient and helped me achieve confidence when driving. I would  recommended you to anyone wanting to drive. I will miss my lessons because not only are you easy to talk to but we had some laughs which made it more enjoyable - Lauren 

Joshua Martin - Newtownabbey

Passed my test first time with Stephen, thanks for all your help I couldn't have done it without you!!

Conor McAuley - Carnmoney

Passed my test today 1st time. With only one minor fault!! Thanks a lot Steven for all ur help.
Your the best instructor out there!!!!

Nigel - Glengormley

Thanks for all your help Steve! Great instructor

Joanna Wozniak - Belfast

I just wanted to say thanks to the best driving instructor ever. Without you Stephen I think it would take years for me to learn and then years afterwards to pass, but no... With your great teaching it took only three months to learn and one time to pass. I have really enjoyed the lessons and I would recommend your school to anybody wanting to learn to drive safe and well, but also to learn quickly!

Patrick - Newtownabbey

Just wanted to say thanks.  I enjoyed my lessons will would recommend abbey to anyone wanting to learn to drive.  

Darren Beck - Shore Road

Passed my test first time with Stephen after failing with a previous instructor a few years ago. Stephen had me ready for my test much quicker than I anticipated and he pushes you to be the best possible driver you can be, he is also a very easy to get on with person and so his lessons are always enjoyable. Couldn't recommend him enough! 

Jack Morwood - Newtownabbey

Passed today first time:) If as a pupil, you are willing to put in the effort you should pass 1st time with Stephen. He is a very 'down to earth' guy and i would recommend him to anyone, whether you have been with other driving instructors or not. He is a fantastic instructor!!!! 

Jessica Davidson - Jordanstown

Brilliant instructor!! Great craic, definitely the best! Will miss my lessons! 

David Thompson - Ballysillan

Just had my first lesson with stephen. I found him to be very friendly and really easy to understand. I had a few lessons with someone else and didnt enjoy them but this was completely different and I enjoyed every min of it. really pleased 

Mathew Cuthbert - Carrickfergus

Thanks a lot for teaching me to drive! 

Daire O'Neill - Mallusk

Thanks Stephen. Great instructor, highly recommend! 

Paul Harrison - Antrim Road

My instructor was great, best instructor around!  I was all over the place and he sorted me out really quickly and I passed first time.  Cheers mate 

Nicola Guerin - Whiteabbey

thanks for all your help stephen, great instructor and i always looked forward to my lessons would deffo recommend couldnt have done it without ya !!!! 

Filip Darian - Shore Road (Now Poland)

I found Abbey Driving School to be very profesional and reliable.  I learnt to drive much faster than I expexted which was in no small part down to my instructors approach to teaching.  Best of luck. 

James Doak - Rathcoole

Would like to say thanks to stephen for getting me through my test first time, would highly recommend. 

Andrew McManus - Whiteabbey

Great driving instructor, passed first time today with only 3 minors! Would highly recommend!

June Butler - New Mossley

Would like to thank Stephen for all his hardwork and patience. Would highly recommend him to anyone. Many thanks again. 

Neal Glassey - Glengormley 

Passed in 15 lesson with no private lessons! Top instructor. Thanks 

Holly Smyth - Glengormley

Just passed my driving test today thanks to my instructors professional teaching. I would definitely recommend Abbey driving school to everyone. Thanks a lot 

Jenna Connolly - Monkstown

Passed my test today with just 5 minors! Learning to drive wasn't easy but I really enjoyed my lessons. Stephen really knows what he's talking about! A big thank-you to Stephen, he is a great instructor and a great guy, can't thank him enough! 

Thomas Swan - Newtownabbey

I'd previously failed my practical test twice with another driving school, but Stephen got me through first time with just 3 minors!
I would highly recommend him as a very professional and thorough instructor. 

Eamon Halfpenny - Glengormley

Thanks for everything Stephen! i wasnt a.easy person to teach but you got me through cant thank you enough will recommend you to all my mates! thanks again! 

Emma Pooley - Monkstown

I have to say a massive thank you to Stephen who got me my driving licence after just 5 days.  I started my lessons on monday and on friday i had my licence.....amazing!
I would highly recommend Stephen, as i have been learning to drive on and off for 9 years and after several driving instructors... Stephen is the only one that actually got me driving perfect and built my confidence up so i new i could do it. He's very patient aswell because i was certainly a handfull!!
So a BIG thankyou Stephen couldn't of done it without you!!!!  

Fiona Donnelly - Sherwood

Passed today 1st time :D i was a nitemare to teach but thankfully Stephen has the patients of a saint and got me through it lol  Cant thank Stephen enough...brilliant instructor, easy to get along with. Will be recommendin him to everyone :D

Lee Robinson - Greenisland

Passed 2nd time with only 2 minors, Would recommend Stephen to anyone. Thanks Stephen :) 

Andrew Crilly - Jordanstown

Thanks Stephen, Good instructor with good prices.  Passed in 3 months - only 4 minors! 

Annette C - North Belfast

I couldnt have done it without you.  Its hard to believe its been nearly a year thanks Stephen. 

Niall McIlroy - Antrim Road

Passed my test first time with just one minor!  Highly recommended driving instructor, cheers Stephen! 

Ross Davidson - Jordanstown

Theres not a better Instructor out there.  Stephen is so easy to talk to and very professional.  I would highly recommend him.  Thanks Stephen

Nicola Wallace - Doagh

Stephen definitely had his hands full with me. He knew exactly when to push me in the right direction and had a very unique teaching style which helped me so much in understanding and developing my driving skills. Would recommend Stephen to anyone, no matter what level of driving experience they have! I didn’t think I would pass first time but I shouldn't be surprised due to his track record of first time passes! Thank you so much for everything! 

Laurna Jackson - Glengormley

Couldn't believe I passed 1st time!  Stephen is such a good instructor, really friendly and I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Stephen! 

Lynda McClean - Merville

Very Professional and friendly.  I passed first time and all down to my instructor's professionalism and teaching skills. Thank you Stephen 

Leanne McLeod - Ballyhenry

Thanks for all your help. Can't believe I passed first time, couldn't have done it without you.  Leanne 

Kimberley McGrath - Newtownabbey

Just passed my driving test today 1st time with Stephen.  Great instructor, would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Stephen 

Niomi Bill - Templepatrick

Stephen hepled me pass my test first time. Thanks! 

Haley McCusker - North Belfast

I have just passed my test today so a big thanks to Stephen - a fantastic teacher - professional and good fun!  All lessons were very enjoyable.  Will be recommending Stephen and Abbey Driving very highly to all my friends.  With Abbey Driving you get an experienced and reliable instructor.  Thanks again Stephen!  Haley 

Mary Johnstone - Ballysillan

I just started with Stephen a few weeks ago, he is a really nice guy, very profesional and I can see why he gets so many good comments.  

David Crawford - Merville

Just passed my test, thanks to Stephen. Great guy and great instructor. Easy goin but very professional. I would recommend him to anyone. Cheers Stephen 

Naula Manion - Mallusk

Extremely professional and friendly instruction. I would highly recommend Steven to anyone who is looking to pass their test quickly and efficiently.  Naula 

Jim Harbinson - Shankill

Thanks to  stephen for all his hard work anyone looking to start driving s pastephen is the man 100% thank you stephen 

Alisha Gergett - Jordanstown

Thanks to Stephen for being such a great driving instructor, he's so patient, great at explaining the manoeuvres and really easy to chat to making the lessons really enjoyable. I'm actually going to miss them!!!!! Thanks Alisha 

Ashley Black - Greenisland

Just passed my test first time thanks to Stephen! An amazing instructor. Thanks Stephen, maybe see you soon! 

Carrie Hanna - North Belfast

did my test 6 times in glasgow,but passed first time with Stephen! wooohooo Thanks, Carrie :.) 

Colin Thompson - Ballysillan

Would highly recommend whether you're a fairly experienced learner or a complete beginner. First class, patient tuition from a great instructor! Colin 

Daniel Goudie - Greenisland

Passed my test today, first time, Stephen is a brilliant instructor who takes time and works with well with you, no messing about, just straight to the point, would definitely recommend. Thanks Stephen.

       Daniels Mum: Just a short note to say thank you for all your help in teaching Daniel how to drive. 
We are absolutely delighted that he passed his test today - and I cant tell you how happy he is - he is still smiling!! 
We will certainly be recommending you to our friends and colleagues who are in need of a superb instructor.


Evan Houston - New Mossley

Passed first time , thanks Stephen will definitely recommend you to friends thanks 

Francis Wells - Glengormley

Brilliant instructor! Highly recommended! thanks again Steven! 

Jim Harbinson - Shankill

pass my test all thanks to stephen for all his hard work anyone looking to start driving stephen is the man 100% thank you stephen 

John Geddis - Ballysillan

i highly recomend Stephen he is a great driving instructor, i felt relexed and confedent doing my test. thank you stephen. john 

Joseph Sandikli - Doagh

Thank you for all your hard work and patience in getting my son through his driving test. First time is no mean feat! Hope you don't have anymore run ins with Ballyclare's parallel parking police! 

Kevin Cheung - Mallusk

Passed my test first time thanks to Stephen. I highly recommend him as a driving instructor. 

Kyle - North Belfast

Passed my test first time.  If your looking for a really good instructor then you've found one.   I thought it would take months (most of my mates did), but I learnt really quicky because Stephen makes everything easy to understand and he's dead on.  Thanks, Kyle 

Leanne Jackson - Jordanstown

Many thanks to Stephen for getting me through my test first time! Great instructor with a great teaching approach - I would highly recommend! Leanne 

Leonnie Herron - Greenisland

Passed first time today :) Stephen was a great driving instructor, never let me down and had lots of patience. Only got 1 minor fault on my test! Thanks, Leonie 

Liz Walker - Greenisland

For anyone looking for a great instructor, look no further. Stephen is a really nice guy, friendly and patient and really knows his stuff. Thanks Stephen, hope to see you around! Liz  

Mathew McAuley - Glengormley

Passed my test today first time!! thanks to Stephen for getting me upto test standard so soon.. Anyone looking for a driving instructor, call Stephen!! Cheers, and all the best :) 

Michael O'Hara - Antrim Road

Passed my test yesterday at the first time of asking, I took 10 lessons with Stephen and he is straight to the point with what you need to know and learn to pass your test.  I had a previous intructor who i had taken 5 lessons with and his lessons were no were near the standard of Stephen's.  Thanks alot Stephen. 

Myles Gibson - Jordanstown

Thankyou Stephen, great instructor, would recommend!! Myles 

Natasha Kelso - Monkstown

Thanks Steven for getting me through my driving test! I still can't believe it! Natasha  

Paula McCormick - Newtownabbey

I'm really enjoying my lessons with Stephen, this is the 3rd time I've tried to learn to drive over the past few years but until now I really struggled!! Stephen explains everything in a way that's easy to understand and at last I'm really getting somewhere 

Pauline Webb - Newtownabbey

Started with Stephen a few weeks, to my surprise I am really enjoying my lessons.  I was really nervous and had put it off for ages but he has really put me at ease and Im getting on much better than I thought I would.  If your looking for a really good instructor, look no further!!!   Pauline 

Ricky Pinto - Mallusk

Great driving instructor! Passed today first time! Cheers 

Ryan Burnett - North Belfast

Thanks for everything mate ,, Quality driving instructor ! 

Tammy Todd - Shore Road

Just passed my driving test today! :)

If anyone is looking for a reliable, patient and caring instructor, then I would definitely recommend Stephen.  I wasn't the easiest person to teach, however Stephen always thought of new ways to try and get me to understand the principles of driving.  All I can say is that he never gives up trying to teach you the proper way, which is what you need if your wanting to pass your test.  Cheers Stephen for all your help and guidance.  Tammy :)

Ryan - Glengormley

Thanks Stephen for getting me through my test!!  Ryan 

Bronagh Black - Jordanstown

Passed me test 3 days ago, first time, and I still can't believe it! Thanks Stephen, I know I really was hard work! 
If anyone out there is looking for a patient and competent instructor then Stephen is the man for the job.
Can't say it enough,thanks again Stephen  :) 

Maria McConky - North Belfast

Words can't explain the high that comes from passing your driving test. I just passed today and it simply boiled down to the professional manner in which I was taught by Stephen. No stone was left unturned by him. He is a perfectionist in every aspect of his tuition and it was for that reason that I can say goodbye to L and hellooooo to R!!! 
Thank you so much Stephen :D  Maria 

Jennifer - North Belfast

Thanks for everything, I really enjoyed my lessons!!  Jennifer 

Johhny - Newtownabbey

Would reccommend Stephen to anyone, easy to understand and easy to get along with. Cheers 

Damian McIlroy - Antrim Road

stephen was great. passed first time. he was a really good instructor, very patient and explained things really well. doesn't take you for more or less lessons than you need, unlike a few other instructors that give you lessons when you don't need them. thanks stephen! 

Scott - Glengormley

Passed first time, thanks for all your help Steve! 

Emma - Shore Road

Can't believe I've passed!!!!!!!!  I'm over the moon...  Thanks Stephen and best of luck in the future!  Emma


Sam - Glengormley

Ive found Stephen to be a great instructor, always on time, friendly and easy to understand.  I had to leave my last instructor because he kept letting me down and when he did show up he could never remember what we did on the last lesson!  Stephen keeps a record of everything I am doing and goes through it with me.  He is very profesional and easy to get on with.  

Michelle - Ballyclare

Just a quick note to thank you, Ive really enjoyed my lessons and would recommend you to anyone! M 

Craig Wallace - Doagh

I have just passed with abbey and I found that they were 5*. I would reccommend Steve to anyone, he arrives on time in a nice clean car what more could you ask, he really is brillant! If you are deciding between two instuctors and need advice take mine you will not be disapointed:D thanks again for everything:D 

Paula - Antrim Road

Just wanted to say that I'm really enjoying my lessons.  I started a few weeks ago and I was really nervous!  My instructor is really friendly, easy to talk to and he put me at ease right away.  I thought I'd really struggle but I'm doing much better than I thought I would.  If your looking for an Instructor, you wont find a better one.  I look forward to my lessons and I thought I'd hate them.   Paula 

Adele - Jordanstown

i just passed first time and i'm completely over the moon! thanks for everything Stephen (: 

Anna - Ballysillan

I have just started with Abbey 3 weeks ago, I was with another instructor who was ok but he really confused me, I found it hard to understand what he was saying.  My new instructor (stephen) is great, he makes everything easy to understand and I'm really glad Im with him.   Anna  ps and he's a really nice guy 

Amanda - Greenisland

Hi Stephen, Just wanted to say thank you for all your help.  I really enjoyed my lessons and would recommend you to anyone.  Amanda 

Jonathan - Glengormley

Stephen was a great driving tutor and helped me get through my test first time with 13 lessons. Thanks very much Stephen


Rachel - Glengormley

I have just passed my driving test and am delighted.  I didn’t think I would ever have a licence considering how terrified I was about learning how to drive.   Stephen had more faith in me than I did and to be honest I really enjoyed my lessons a lot more than I thought I would. Thanks for your patience and support over the last few months I’m sure it couldn’t have been easy for you lol.   Anyone who is considering booking lessons should definitely give Abbey a try; I promise you won’t be disappointed.   Thanks again for everything Stephen your a star! 

Jean - Mossley

May I recommend Abbey Driving School, Stephen is a highly skilled tutor, punctual, friendly and patient.  I wish you all happy driving and may I take this opportunity to thank Stephen for a good job very well done.  Regards to all, Jean 

Paul - North Belfast

I would reccommend Stephen to anyone.  Although he was friendly and profesional, I'm easy going and he gave me the push I needed to get through the test.  He was very reliable and never let me down.  Thanks. 


Gary - Shankill

Stephen, thanks for all your help.  I was surprised when you told me to book my test, I didn't think I was ready and I can't believe I passed first time.  Good luck mate. 

Rachael - Newtownabbey

If you are reading this comment you are probably trying to choose a driving school to take lessons with.  I am currently learning to drive with Abbey and can’t recommend them highly enough.  My instructor Stephen has put me at ease and is making learning to drive a very enjoyable experience (even though I was terrified before my lessons started).  Stephen records my progress regularly in my own progress record which is great, as it encourages me when I see how far I have come and how I am improving from week to week. In my opinion you should stop searching for a driving school now, as you will find it hard to find another school that is friendlier, more professional or better value for money than Abbey. I hope to be one of Abbey's many pupils who pass first time...fingers crossed. Rachel 

Adam - Glengormley

steven was a great instructor, would recommend.  passed 1st time 

Natasha - Shore Road

Thanks fot teaching me to drive, I really appriciate it!  Nat 

Suzanne - Crumlin Road

Thanks Stephen for all your help and patients!  You were right, cant believe I passed!.  I would recommend you to anyone.  Suzanne 

William - Daogh Road

Meant to do this ages ago, sorry mate!  Really enjoyed my lessons and just wanted to say thanks for everything.  Got a fiesta a couple of months ago and it great.  Thanks William 

Danielle - Glengormley

Stephen was a really good driving instructor and helped me to get rid of all my bad habits with driving!!  I passed first time (surprisingly!!)


Thanks Stephen!! - there will defo be some recomendations!!

Mary - Mallusk

Stephen, it was great learning to drive with you and i can't believe i passed first time, it was all down to your teaching and preparation. Abbey will definitely come recommended!

As a first time learner I was pretty nervous but Stephen's professional and positive  approach has encouraged me to stay confident and keep my focus. I will definitely recommend Abbey in the future! 

Carol - North Belfast

Stephen, Thanks for all your help!  I'm really pleased (surprised) that I passed and I know how patient you where with me.  Best wishes for the future.  Carol 

Angela - North Belfast

Stephen I would just like to say thank you for helping me.  
I have a car now and its just great to get from A to B without having to worry about taxis, again thank you.


Ann - Newtownabbey

I was very nervous learner but Stephen built up my confidance. He has a very professional patient, positive and understanding attitude puts you at your ease . approacable, friendly, and chatty i always looked forward to my lessons and highly recommend abbey to all learners interested in passing their test. 

Tara - Glengormley

steven was a dead on instructor and i passed my test wif him cheers steve


Wil - Glengormley

thanks steven. u helped me alot n thats y i passed. u wer a gud instructor :) 

Debbie - Ballysillan

I have found Stephen to be very professional and friendly.  His lessons are always well prepared and thought out, i would certainly recommend him to other learners. 

Joanne - Rathcoole

I felt everything was well explained before putting it into practice, so I felt confident in knowing how to carry out each task.  Thanks