Learn to Drive and Pass with confidence with Boom Driving School

Banbury and Chipping Norton's largest and most trusted independent driving school

Our patient, friendly driving instructors make learning to drive easy so you can confidently pass your test and get your driving independence faster than anywhere else.

Formerly NearWay Driver Training, same great instructors, same ownership and management, just a new name!

Local test passes – and counting!

Learn smarter, pass sooner & save money

Learn smarter, pass sooner & save money

Driving lessons Banbury

Get on the road faster with Boom Driving School.

We aim to help you become a confident driver without spending extra time or money on unnecessary lessons. We’ve been helping new drivers like you to master the road and pass their tests since 2010 and have over 1,713 test passes and counting.

We are committed to your success. We’ll support and encourage you and give you everything you need to pass first time and drive independently. All of our driving lessons are covered by our unique 9 point smart learning programme.

Driving Lessons

Learn at a pace that suits you

All our lessons are 2 hours long, giving you maximum time to gain confidence at the wheel and hone your skills.

We have specialist driving instructors covering both manual and automatic cars.


2 Hour Lesson


Book 5 Lessons (10 Lessons) and Save



2 Hour Lesson


Book 5 Lessons (10 Lessons) and Save


Driving Lesson Reviews

Martha Ledger

“Alex has been a brilliant driving instructor! He’s really patient, creates a calm & relaxed atmosphere & is flexible around the needs of the client. Alex explains things really well & he’s personable & friendly. I would definitely recommend him

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Ben Skerry

“Turned 17 on 27th OCT 2023. Passed theory test 28th OCT. I immediately started lessons with Jolie. After around 10 hours of total lessons in one week. Got a test cancellation on 4th NOV and passed 1st time (Manual License).

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Igor Zbiciak

“Huge thanks to my instructor Alex who has helped me become a good driver over the course of our lessons and pass on the first attempt and big thanks to the company for making it possible. Would recommend.” Thank you

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9 Point Smart Learning Programme

‘Learn Smarter’ with Our Unique 9 Point Smart Learning Programme

We have built an excellent local reputation by providing outstanding customer service. Our 9 point smart learning programme ensures that your driving lessons always provide the best value for money.

If these standards are not met you will get your money back. Simply phone the office within 24 hours of your lesson, explain what went wrong and I will authorise a refund. I am so confident that you will love learning to drive with us that I guarantee it - personally.

Neil Ridding - Driving School Owner

  1. Your instructor will always be friendly, patient and professional
  2. Each driving lesson will start with a recap of your learning progress
  3. A clear objective will be agreed for each lesson
  4. The level of help you get from your instructor will be agreed with you for each subject
  5. Your progress will be recapped at the end of each lesson
  6. Client lead instruction techniques – want to practice something again to make sure you’ve got it? No problem, it’s your lesson, do it as much as you like!
  7. Your instructor will be on time for at least 90% of your lessons. If they are running unavoidably late they will contact you to let you know and any lost time will be made up at the next opportunity
  8. The driving school car will always be clean and tidy
  9. Learn faster with free theory test training and online video learning for your driving lessons

Pass with confidence with Boom Driving School

“I enjoyed my driving lessons in Banbury, my instructor was patient, understanding and made me feel completely at ease. Right from the beginning I knew I was well matched with the instructor. I was a nervous person around other people and so Nearway did a very good job in putting me with the right person from the start. 

Thank you so much for helping me pass my driving test 1st time. Driving will give me the freedom I needed to get to and from the village I live in whenever I want without relying on anyone else or public transport.”

Barbara Foster

I would like to say thank you to this brilliant driving instructor Gurdev Bhanot. After I failed my test 3 times in Oxford he show me all mistakes on the road and how much I have to learn. I drive now and I feel safe on the road. He is a top man and works hard teaching people how to drive on the road. Thank you thank you Gurdev and NearWay driver training.

Gabriel Zapodeanu

“Thank you Neil I never thought I would see the day when I passed my driving test. I couldn’t have had a better instructor”

Natalie Rogers

Our happy drivers

Latest Driving Test Passes

Harley Illingworth

Harley Illingworth

Well done to Harley Illingworth who passed his test in Banbury on Wednesday 15th November 2023 on the first attempt. Harley can now drive his car that he’s owned for a couple of months and has had to look at…
Oliwier Kieltyka

Oliwier Kieltyka

Congratulations to Oliwier who passed his driving test in Banbury on 15th November 2023! Oli now has the freedom to travel where he wants when he wants, not just with friends but also for work, it opens up professional opportunities…


Congratulations to Laura who passed her driving test in Banbury on 30th October 2023. After many years of complications and delays, Laura is extremely happy to have passed her test and finally get on the road! Well done Laura and…
Sylvia Robinson

Sylvia Robinson

Well done to Sylvia who passed her driving test on 27th October 2023 in Banbury. After a lot of ups downs and every other way on the route, Sylvia stayed calm and composed to achieve a great result. A testament…
Isaac Caine

Isaac Caine

Isaac was a very happy man in the October sunshine when he passed his test first time. It made taking a few days off work all worthwhile! Passing his test has come at a good time as he normally cycles…
Tori Gibbard

Tori Gibbard

Well done to Tori who passed her driving test first time in Banbury on 19th October 2023, with only 1 driver fault, amazing! She couldn’t quite believe it (although we knew she could do it!) and is so happy to…