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  Larna Bamlet test pass
February 2024


Fantastic driving instructor. Paul has been incredible in helping me pass my driving test. Took me until my late 30s to finally start to learn, with absolutely no clue where to start. Throughout the process, Paul has explained everything so well and I always felt at ease to ask him anything. His support, guidance, and perseverance ( especially with parallel parking as I was a nightmare at it ) resulted in a first-time pass with zero faults. 100% recommend and thanks again Paul for everything.


  Christina Mccaffrey test pass
February 2024


Paul is a fantastic driving instructor, he is very experienced and patient throughout my time learning with him, which helped me keep calm while driving. Paul went over everything, from manoeuvres, to all types of roads and routes, and always went over anything I wanted to practice more on. I was able to pass my test with only 1 minor! Thank you so much.


  Sarah Combs test pass
October 2023


Excellent driving instructor!


  Edita Markute test pass
May 2023


Paul is an amazing driving instructor. I was so nervous about driving, and he made me feel at ease quite quickly. The fact he is so patient helped massively. I honestly can’t fault him in any way. I passed first time because of him. He is great at explaining things and giving instructions. I 100% recommend him! I will miss him as my human sat nav!


  Claire Murray First time test pass
April 2023


I Could not recommend Paul enough, very patient and makes you feel at ease. Never makes you feel silly if you’ve made a mistake and always happy to see improvement. 5* instructor. Thanks again!


  Abigail Waistell test pass
March 2023


I have just passed my test today with the help of Paul, so thankful, very pleasant, professional, patient and the list goes on! , highly recommend.


  Diane Beck passed first time
December 2022


Having a special needs daughter it was very important to find the right driving school and we definitely found this with Paul and Mini me! His patience and skill at taking things at the learners pace were essential to allow her to pass her test. He has given her a great skill and the confidence she has developed within herself is amazing.

  Hope Birch passed first time
October 2022


Paul was a fantastic, really encouraging, supportive and most importantly, patient. The advice he gave me was easy to understand and not over complicated. Couldn’t thank him enough and recommend him greatly.

  Les Williamson passed first time
October 2022


Unfortunately, no review received. A nice £30 gift for a meal was given, thank you Emily.

  Emily Malone passed first time
October 2022


Paul is an amazing driving instructor with the patience of a saint. He made sure we had practiced all types of rods and routes and he answered any questions I had throughout our lessons- even the simple ones! I managed to pass first time with 0 minors. It is safe to say I couldn’t do it without Paul. I would recommend him to anyone.

  Heshika Attanyake passed first time
July 2022


If I could give 11/10 I would! originally started my lessons with Paul in October in South Shields, but due to the test centre closing we had to switch our lessons to Sunderland. To say I was little apprehensive about this is an understatement, but Paul reassured me ten fold that I’d be just fine. And that I was! Passing first time today with only 3 little minors. Paul is genuinely a lovely, patient and down to earth gentleman. If I struggled to grasp a manoeuvre or a route it never was a bother repeating, repeating, repeating until I nailed it. I thoroughly enjoyed every single lesson. This gentleman knows his stuff and I know that I’m a safe, confident and better driver because of my lessons with him. Never late, never dropped a lesson. An absolute amazing instructor! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for getting me through my test. I’ll see you on the roads!

  Jill Swart passed first time
May 2022


Always lacked confidence when I thought about learning to drive, as soon as I got in the car on my first lesson I straight away felt at ease, lots of patience. I have now passed with only 1 minor. So happy i choose mini me driving school. Thank you so much Paul, couldn’t of done it without you.

  Kelly Smith passed
April 2022


I passed my test first time thanks to Paul. He supported me throughout my whole experience and told me exactly where I was going wrong and what to perfect. I can’t thank him enough. 10/10 recommend.

  Gabby Wilson passed first time
March 2022


I’ve just passed my driving test, first time round too with using Mini Me driving school. I would highly recommend Paul ( Mini Me) for your driving lessons. He was so patient with me and explained things so easily so I could understand it. Thank you very much, I’ll be keeping your number to refer you onto friends and family. 

  Elizabeth Bailey passed first time
February 2022


Fantastic instructor and amazing service. Paul gave me the support and confidence to drive and pass my test first time. Couldn’t recommend Mini me driving school enough.

  Shannon South passed first time
October 2021


Paul is an outstanding instructor, he is patient and experienced. He puts you at ease straight away and is exactly what you want and need from an instructor. He helped me pass first time.

  Ebony Mia Clark passed first time
October 2021


Paul had soo much patience which helped me get through my test and after having issues with other instructors. Paul helped me pass with only 4 minors, couldn’t recommend Paul enough.

  Faye Mcguire passed first time
September 2021


Minime driving school, what can I say, absolutely fantastic! After a bad experience with another instructor Paul was brilliant. He had patience and empathy, and got me through my test first time with him. Thank you Paul, I highly recommend you.

  Debbie Loftus passed first time
August 2021


Can not thank Paul at mini me automatic driving school enough for all his patience, kindness and commitment helping me smash my driving test first time with only two minors. I went with automatic as my confidence was knocked by a previous driving instructor and I really thought passing my test was never going to come. But Paul helped me regain my confidence even through Covid and understood my anxiety and how best to tackle it. Paul really does know exactly what he’s doing and is fantastic at his job! I would highly recommend Paul at Mini me, and cannot thank him enough for helping me receive that pass certificate!

  Natalie Powell passed first time
June 2021



No review but the pass all the same

  Aley Wright passed first time
June 2021



Paul has been absolutely brilliant! I managed to pass my driving test first time. Paul is very experienced and was keen to to put me at ease which was exactly what I needed. I would definitely recommend him.


  Ahmed Khaled Reyad passed first time
December 2020



Paul is an amazing driving instructor he helped me get through my test relatively quickly. He’s also a really competent instructor with flexibility, teaching in both a manual and an automatic car. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. Thank you Paul.

  Richard Reed passed
December 2020



I would recommend this driving school, never give up on me done it till I passed.


  Dale Aisbitt passed FIRST TIME
December 2020


Paul is the best instructor you could ask for as a learner with anxiety. His calm and patient approach led me to a pass with no minors, couldn’t have done it without him! Highly recommend!
  Nieve Walsh passed FIRST TIME
October 2020



Paul is an excellent instructor, very patient. I passed my test first time with no minors all thanks to him. I couldn’t recommend him enough!

  Lucy Strophair passed FIRST TIME
October 2020



Paul is a very patient and calm instructor. Great personality great to get on with and passed first time after only about 10 lessons. Paul is very easy to speak to if you have problems in certain driving area’s. Well recommended.

  Stephen Summerson passed FIRST TIME September 2020



Paul is an excellent instructor, knowledgeable calm, and has really good teaching methods that helped me to pass my test! Very happy.

  Simon McKenzie passed January 2020


Paul is a fab instructor I passed first time with no faults thanks to him.
  Molly O’Donnell passed FIRST TIME Zero faults January 2020


First time pass this morning with an early start and busy traffic to get there, but well worth the effort. Have a lovely Christmas.
Emilio Manuel Mejuto Rodriguez passed FIRST TIME December 2019


Mini me driving school is fantastic. I couldn’t thank them enough for helping me pass my driving test first time. Big thanks to Paul, my instructor.
Lee Owen passed FIRST TIME December 2019


Paul is a brilliant instructor and a lovely man, he is very patient and extremely helpful. I passed my test with only one minor. I would recommend Paul to anyone and everyone! His prices are great and lessons are fab. 100% recommend!
Jess Bromby passed FIRST TIME October 2019


Highly recommend mini me with Paul. Great teacher, very honest and patient. I passed my test with one 1 minor, cant recommended him enough.
Lewis Etherington passed FIRST TIME July 2019


Excellent instructor. Covers everything in a amazing amount of time, and I know for a fact that going here has made me a safer than going with any other driving school. Cheers.
Bailey Evitt passed July 2019


Fantastic instructor, passed test first time. Gives great advice and massive tips and tricks for manouevers and general drive. Doesn’t just tell you what you did wrong, makes you think for yourself so you can improve so much better. Definitely recommend.
jessica mcquade passed FIRST TIME May 2019


Highly recommend Paul and mini me. Great teacher, very honest and patient. Cheers paul.
Josh Stanley
Passed FIRST TIME March 2019


Had an amazing experience with Paul passing my test with only 2 minors. He’s a great instructor who is very supportive and uses great and simple techniques for manoeuvres and general driving. Feedback is always good. Couldn’t thank Paul enough
Stephen Corkin
Passed February 2019


What can I say without sounding OTT, this instructor is simply fantastic, this was my second instructor, my first was very good but something was just not clicking for me and my confidence was very low when I met Paul. For me it wasn’t just about passing my test, Paul made me drive safely and constantly challenges your thought process so you get it right every time. The Fiat is a dream to drive and if Paul isn’t available immediately I urge you to wait for him..I can’t thank him enough!
Michelle Evens
Passed December 2018


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Amazing driving instructor, easy to talk too and really helpful. I passed first time with no minors. Couldn’t thank Paul enough for helping me get through my test.

Linzi Cooper

Passed FIRST TIME ZERO FAULTS October 2018


Absolutely fantastic support and guidance, really couldn’t have done it without Paul’s help, highly recommend to anyone looking to pass with flying colours, thanks so much, Paul!

Marc Hudson

Passed FIRST TIME ZERO FAULTS September 2018


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Passed first time with no minors all thanks to Paul, couldn’t recommend him enough and certainly couldn’t have done it without him.

Chloe Louise Dodd

Passed FIRST TIME ZERO FAULTS September 2018


Highly recommend mini-me driving school. Paul was patient from day one and always made me feel at ease! Can’t recommend or thank him enough!

Michael Richardson

Passed  August 2018

I passed with paul mini-me driving school today. I would definitely recommend Paul he makes you feel so at ease. And listens to you with any problems you have about driving. Gives good advice. Thank you very much for everything.

Samantha Jones

Passed  August 2018

I would like to say thank you to Paul for helping me pass my practical test first try! So glad that it’s over with, couldn’t have done it without the support.

Graham Charlton

Passed FIRST TIME August 2018

Paul is an amazing instructor. After a bad experience with driving before he made me feel comfortable and confident. He always has great positivity and very supportive. Thank you.

Jennifer Hoggins

Passed August 2018

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Thank you for all your patience over the last year. Paul is a great instructor who helped me pass first time with zero faults! Thanks again, Paul.

Lauren Robson

Passed FIRST TIME July 2018


Thanks for all your patience Paul, great result for me yesterday so pleased that I passed thanks again, Jess

Jess Conor Buckingham

Passed June 2018

Passed my driving test first time today. What an amazing instructor Paul is! It’s been such a fab experience learning to drive and I 100% recommend him to anyone else wanting to pass.

Talia Schembri

Passed FIRST TIME April 2018

Fantastic guy, patient and supportive, couldn’t have passed my test without him! 100% recommend to anyone.

Anthony Rumis

Passed FIRST TIME April 2018


Ian Stewart

Passed FIRST TIME April 2018

 I was absolutely delighted with my driving experience Paul always was there making sure I was 100% on my lesson this pushed me a lot to want to do better  He was always on time never let me down never dropped a lesson  I had trouble with different instructors with them cancelling last minute but never with Paul, I would highly recommend Paul got me through my test which I passed first time and with no minors.

Owen Jobson

Passed FIRST TIME March 2018

 I couldn’t recommend Paul Ryan enough as a driving instructor, the most patient person who makes every lesson personal and enjoyable. Absolutely BUZZING thankyou very much.

Grace Paul

Passed March 2018

I Would 100% recommend for anyone wanting to start their driving lessons? I passed first-time thanks to Pauls teaching.

Melanie Kinvig

Passed FIRST TIME December 2017

I decided to apply for a UK licence having previously driven on my foreign driving licence, so I needed a few driving lessons to smooth out my bad habits before applying for my test.  Mini-me was local, reasonably priced and able to give me good initial advice from the first contact. Paul is the owner and the driving instructor, he has chosen to operate independently and therefore he is very customer driven.  I really could not recommend Paul any higher, he is superb and was able to help me to pass first time this morning, after only a few lessons. Paul combines the perfect personal characteristics that I respect by being both professional and knowledgeable, he is also patient, good fun and light-hearted. Paul was also able to advise me on some apps that automatically check for cancellations, I chose to pay to subscribe to “driving test cancellations” and this enabled me to change my test date to an earlier and more convenient date. In short, Paul is highly recommended.

David Maughan

Passed FIRST TIME November 2017

I would 100% recommend mini-me driving school. A Very professional instructor who makes you feel at ease. I was a very nervous learner and Paul got me through my test, I passed first time. The car is a Fiat 500, so easy to drive and easy to manoeuvre. Overall a fabulous learning experience.

Lisa Fraser

Passed FIRST TIME November 2017

When I first started driving I was not very confident therefore it took me a while to build up that confidence, I would not have been able to do this without Paul and the patience he had for me. I passed my test first time with Paul, I would definitely recommend!

Sophie Maughan

Passed September 2017

Absolutely over the moon with passing my test today.Thank you so much, Paul for your patience and all your hard work I would highly recommend this driving school to anyone who is either first learners or from another teacher amazing thank you.

Claire Race

Passed August 2017

I would highly recommend mini me to anyone that is starting to learn how to drive or wanting to switch driving instructor 10/10….. thanks again for the first time pass.

Dean Thorius

Passed FIRST TIME August 2017

 I would definitely recommend mini me to anyone time and time again! Paul is a fantastic instructor and gave me so much confidence through out my lessons that it immediately made me feel calm and at ease. You certainly won’t be disappointed if you book in with him. Brilliant instructor all round.

Sarah Ryan

Passed FIRST TIME August 2017

I passed first time with Paul he is some boy.

Dan Diamond

Passed FIRST TIME July 2017

I just want to say that the first time I took my test a couple of years ago I lost a lot of my confidence when I failed it. I had hurdles that I needed to overcome, with the help of Paul from Mini Me Driving School, he was able to tailor lessons to my needs. I have learnt so much more and feel more than ever confident and safe on the roads. I highly recommend those wishing to learn driving to go with Paul, – fantastic tutor and great guy! Cheers! Haych Rahman

Haych Rahman

Passed July 2017

Absolutely fantastic service from start to finish. Paul makes things really easy to learn.

Richard leighton

Passed July 2017

I can take nothing but positives from my learning experience with this driving school. Mini me allowed me to become a confident and comfortable driver due to the outstanding teaching methods used by Paul. He was patient, extremely professional and all lessons felt completely relaxed. I would recommend this school to anybody within the South Shields area and I can’t thank Paul enough for all he has done.

Emma Waldron

Passed June 2017

After a rather bruising encounter a few years ago with one of the larger driving schools in the area ( some very unprofessional behaviour and proving the old adage that bigger is not always better ), I questioned whether driving was ever going to be for me at all. So what a godsend to me Paul was as I made a last ditch attempt at becoming a driver. Professional, punctual and so patient he should be sainted, Paul stubbornly set about rebuilding my shattered confidence. Not for a single second did he lose faith in my ability to make a driver during the many times I used to lose faith in myself. The proof? He took this challenging pupil and former hopeless case to a first time driving test pass with 2 minors. An absolutely superb instructor as well as a true gentleman. Very highly recommended.

Alan Fisher

Passed FIRST TIME May 2017

A first-time pass with mini me @ Paul, thank you ever so much, really enjoyed the experience.

Phil Cox

Passed FIRST TIME January 2017

I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor than Paul! My lessons were very relaxed and I felt very comfortable throughout my learning experience. Paul is very flexible and patient and goes the extra mile to make you the most confident driver possible. I passed my test with one minor and would thoroughly recommend!

Hannah Wood

Passed December 2016

Would 100% recommend Paul to anyone I know that’s looking to learn to drive, brilliant instructor and very patient with you, thanks for getting me passed Paul.

Lewis Henderson

Passed December 2016

Thanks to Paul I passed first time. He is a great driving instructor who is straightforward when it comes to what you need to do and is also very friendly and patient. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn to drive.

Joseph Hiscock

Passed FIRST TIME August  2016

I passed with ease and confidence due to Paul and his patience and teaching skills! I’m never off the road and I absolutely love driving all thanks to Paul! Would highly recommend to anyone, thanks again Paul.

Paige Charlton

Passed February 2016

Absolutely first class driving instructor, he made me feel at ease in the car! Challenged me where I needed the extra confidence, very patient and easy to get along with! Very reasonably priced! Goes above and beyond to make sure you are test ready! He makes me miss driving lessons.

Victoria Elliott

Passed January 2016

It has been a pleasure to learn to drive with you Paul, you made driving feel easy and made me feel relaxed while giving me updates on Gateshead FC!!! All the best for the future and thanks again….. Michael.

Michael Lang

Passed July 2015

Thank you so much to Paul! I’ve passed first time with ‘mini me’ and he is very patient and used different techniques to help me understand, would definitely recommend Paul. Thanks again.

Jennifer Groves

Passed July 2015

Passed first time with Paul what a great guy makes you feel really relaxed and have already recommended mini me to my friends and family what brilliant instructor he is thanks for everything Paul mate.

Mark Khan

Passed FIRST TIME July 2015

Passed first time with Paul at Mini Me, absolutely loved learning with Paul he gave me so many useful tips and tricks I use driving today. I would completely recommend Mini Me to anyone who wants fo learn. Thank you for everything, Paul.

Emma Fletcher

Passed FIRST TIME November 2014

Proud to say I’m now the owner of a full licence and can legally drive woohoo! Would definitely recommend Paul to anyone wanting to learn to drive, very patient and understanding! Thanks again for all your help.

Jessica Emmerson

Passed November 2014

Passed my driving test and theory test first time with all the help from Mini Me it was great learning with Paul. I would definitely recommend Mini Me to friends and family because Paul is a brilliant instructor. Thanks again Paul.

Callum Metcalf

Passed FIRST TIME November 2014

Passed first time with Mini Me, would recommend to new learners, brilliant instructor.

melissa Jameson

Passed July 2014

Passed on my first time through Mini Me, a Great instructor with a lot of patience, always on time and understanding with personal issues. Thanks again Paul, hopefully, I’ll be getting my SmartCar soon! Haha.

Gary White

Passed FIRST TIME June 2014

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