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We’re an experienced, passionate team looking
to help you grow in your driving ability.

About us

We believe that driving is a life skill, and one that takes effort and perseverance on the part of both the learner and instructor. We aim to educate and empower our students with valuable guidance about the learning process throughout the required hours of learning and private practice, as well as for tests and other examinations along the way.

We believe that the key to a first time pass is a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of topics involved in driving as a whole. Our approach looks to provide students and aspiring instructors with the tools to push themselves to become the best drivers they can. We have a great first-time-pass rate which we attribute to the driving and road education that we provide to every student.

We are based in Berkshire, covering Wokingham, Reading, Caversham, Crowthorne, Bracknell, Winnersh, Woodley, Lower Earley, Finchampstead, Sandhurst, Sonning, Sonning Common, Pangbourne and Ascot.

Keith Gambles

Keith Gambles

Head Driving Instructor

After a successful career in manufacturing, Keith decided to change careers and become a Driving Instructor (ADI). After training with the AA under their highest acclaimed trainer, he proved his worth by passing all 3 exams on the first try – up against a national pass rate of approximately 7%. He then joined the AA as a franchised ADI.

While with the AA, he trained and qualified (ORDIT) to train others to become ADIs, and was also was appointed as local business coach, covering Berkshire.

Keith left the AA to set up his own Driving School, WDS, and expanded as a local franchise training his own instructors. He also holds Advanced driving qualifications;

  • RoSPA
  • Trainer & Examiner for DIAMOND Elite
  • Taxi driver trainer & Examiner
  • Eco driver trainer
  • FLEET Trainer
  • Classroom qualified (BTeC Education & Training)
  • Diploma Driver Education
Graham Young

Graham Young

Driving Instructor

During various roles of employment Graham has had several driver mentoring responsibilities and in 2015 approached WDS looking to train and qualify as an Approved Driving Instructor.

In parallel with his ADI Training, Graham also qualified as a RoSPA Advance Driver Tutor for the local Thames Valley Group and achieved a Gold Driving grade pass. Shortly after qualifying as an Approved Driving Instructor Graham made the leap and took all three of the qualifying exams to join the FLEET Trainer Register.

As a FLEET Registered Trainer you can train company car and commercial drivers, which is where Graham’s passion lays. Now a qualified trainer, Graham has gone on to complete a Train The Trainer course and now supports WDS by offering training to existing Approved Driving Instructors looking to gain their own FLEET Accreditation.

He has also completed B+E (car & trailer) training. The Trainer course has worked for various utility companies training their van drivers to gain their towing license.

Graham has had a successful career to date as an Instructor with WDS and has a good pass rate and host of recommendations from past clients & their parents. Graham’s main focus now is on the FLEET market and supports WDS in the Under 17 training events and ADI Fleet Training.

Simon Shaw

Simon Shaw

Driving Instructor

Prior to becoming a Driving Instructor, Simon spent 30 years working in Social Care, and the NHS. He considers himself privileged to have worked with a vast range people from all walks of life.

Whether it’s a classroom Theory, or an In-Car practical lesson, he holds an enthusiasm for meeting his students, whose backgrounds and life experiences enhance the coaching environment created within his lessons.


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