"Our minibus is absolutely amazing. We`ve started picking up and returning children who live a long way away. And of course it`s publicity for us when we are out and about. I wish we could have got one ages ago."

Linda Bradley, Byker Primary School

D1 driver training

At Castle we’re extremely proud to be working with over 1000 schools, academies and colleges across the UK, and have become the chosen provider of D1 training due to our very high standards of tuition leading to phenomenal pass rates.

At Castle we’re extremely proud to be working with over 1000 schools, academies and colleges across the UK, and have become the chosen provider of D1 training due to our very high standards of tuition leading to phenomenal pass rates.

For your D1 minibus licence, we provide a complete solution; arranging the theory and practical tests as well as the comprehensive minibus training programme. All you have to do is book your medical and we do the rest.

We come to you at your school, academy or college – saving you time and money. Your school minibus driver training can also be conducted whenever you prefer. Term time or holidays – the choice is yours.

At Castle Driver Training, we understand what a minibus means to you and your students. In our recent customer satisfaction survey, 98% of schools rated us as either excellent or good. Better still, everyone said that they would gladly recommend us to other schools in their area.

If you passed your driving test before January 1997 you will have inherited your D1 licence as part of that test, but there is a big difference in driving a minibus compared to a car; just because you’re legal doesn’t mean you’re safe. For those teaching and support staff that already hold the D1 licence but have never, or rarely, driven a minibus, Castle Minibus offer MiDAS (Minibus Drivers Assessment Scheme) courses for additional peace of mind.

Trusted by our customers, we are proud of what we do, and it shows:

98% of our customers told us we were either good or excellent

98% of schools would gladly recommend us (Castle customer survey 2015)

92% D1 pass rate (as of July 2016)

200% more likely to pass D1 first time (compared to the national average)

Key Benefits Castle Driver Training

Castle arranges everything for your D1 minibus licence: the theory and practical tests as well as the comprehensive minibus training programme. All you have to do is book your medical and we do the rest

Castle offers fully accredited school minibus training throughout the UK

Online help from a dedicated trainer with web-based theory assessment and training. We work all the way through the theory test training by staying in touch through e-mail and text to ensure the candidates pass first time in most cases. A helping hand when most needed

We come to you at your school – saving you time and money, and making the whole process simple and convenient

Minibus driver training is provided by our very highly qualified ADIs (Approved Driving Instructors), who are all extremely friendly and supportive.

School minibus driver training is conducted whenever you prefer. Term time or holidays – the choice is yours.

Provision of both training and minibus. Instruction for the DSA D1 test can only be provided in a minibus which has a tachograph. If you don’t have one, you are not allowed (by law) to rent a bus just for training purposes, which is why Castle’s approach is proving so popular

A high-quality certificate for all those who pass their D1 Castle assessment and MiDAS training. A wonderful advertisement in the school to parents, governors and students that those who drive the school minibus are safe, compliant, legal and qualified

We also offer Castle assessment and MiDAS (Minibus Drivers Assessment Scheme) courses for additional peace of mind. This is for those who hold the D1 licence (usually because they passed their test before 1997) but have never, or rarely, driven a minibus

As well as providing driver training, we have an outstanding reputation for short-term hire and leasing minibuses to schools, academies and colleges, which provides a low-risk and hassle-free form of vehicle funding. If you’d like to hear more about contract hire and daily hire, ask us when you call about your driver training

MiDAS training

Castle Minibus Driver Training offers MiDAS training and Castle assessment minibus training for those with D1 licences to ensure their standard of driving is at the highest possible level and remains so

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D1 and CPC training

Castle Minibus Driver Training offers combined D1 and CPC minibus training for schools that don’t have charitable status and a section 19 permit

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Associations, Accreditations and Supported Charities

Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with The Association of Colleges, BVRLA, Supershoes and be ISO 9001 accredited Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with the charity KidsOut, NASBM and ISBA
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