"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 1250 schools, academies, colleges and business organisations 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, college or place of work – saving you time and money. Your 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 customers rated us as either excellent or good. Better still, everyone said that they would gladly recommend us to other schools or businesses 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.

What’s involved in D1 driver training?

Book with Castle Driver Training - Contact Castle to book your place. NO hidden costs.


Training is one on one.

Theory training

This involves online training on all aspects of driving a minibus safely. All candidates will be assigned a trainer giving the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

Walk around

Show and tell walk round of Minibus, followed by basic Q and A.

Health check

Licence check and eye sight check.

Practical driving

Our Castle Driver Training instructors will assess you. An assessment drive is to understand driver capabilities and set objectives for the rest of the training.

PASS your D1 training

Our aim is to make sure that each candidate successfully passes their D1. Certificates are awarded by Castle Driver Training.


Training provided by highly qualified ADI (Approved Driving Instructors) with 90% pass rate, twice the national average.

Our unique serive is the reason we are the Uk's No1!

For more information on D1 training please call 01869 253744 or email: admin@castledrivertraining.co.uk

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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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