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Charles's Driving SchoolAbout me
Hi, I’m Charles Firbank, based in Holmfirth and providing driving lessons in the Huddersfield, Holmfirth and South Kirklees area, together with Penistone and Ingbirchworth.

I’ve lived in Holmfirth for the last 30 years with my wife Beverley. Our 3 children, Hannah, Thomas and Emily, all went to school in the area and still live locally. Our dog Kizzy, who on very rare occasions my students might meet, lives with us.

Following a successful career in manufacturing, managing teams of professionals in the UK, Europe and Asia, Covid 19 gave me the opportunity to return home from my office in Shanghai. Like many people at the time, it allowed me to reflect on what I was doing and what I might like to do. I’d already seen my wife Beverley successfully manage a career change, from teaching to working for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield, and it was partly due to this, the seed was sown for me to do something completely different. I’d always enjoyed working with people of all ages and cultures, and I love driving no matter where I am in the world, (Europe, America, Canada and Asia), and it was this that led to my career as an driving instructor.

After speaking to several driving schools I chose to work under the LDC banner, using their client centred learning approach. The LDC system empowers individuals to take ownership of their learning experience and gives the opportunity to learn through experience as well as guidance from myself. I encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and give them the opportunity to input into how and what the lesson will involve. Not only that, it has to be fun, educational and rewarding.

For my sins, I’m a Huddersfield Town supporter, having had a season ticket for more years than I care to say. I’ve always enjoyed sport, athletics and outdoor activities and although I haven’t used it in the last few years, I do have a Junior FA Coaching Certificate. Though my passion has always been driving and cars. "Contact me"