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“Thank you so much for your lessons – they really made me feel so much more confident enjoy teaching and explaining things was perfect for me. Thank you!”
Anna, Haddenham (refresher lessons)

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“I passed first time with Fiona, and what a amazing instructor she’s been since day one! She’s eases everyone into driving right from the very start and always makes you feel comfortable. She always gives you the option of what you can do but advises you on what’s best. I’d happily recommend her to anyone, especially someone who’s nervous like I was!”
Rebecca, Princes Risborough

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“Just wanted to say thank you to Fiona for teaching my daughter Cait to drive and pass her test at first attempt. Cait is now a competent and confident driver who really enjoys driving.She loved her lessons with Fiona, who always put her at ease. Cait received her Pass Plus certificate in the post this morning – the lessons were really useful, especially the motorway module. It was also a great chance to have a friendly post test catch up! I would recommend Destiny Driving School wholeheartedly”
Tracey, Stone

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“Fiona was an excellent teacher. Her attention to detail with each lesson plan as well as the depth of knowledge and experience enabled me to pass first time. Not only did her teaching lead to a good test result but made me a safe and aware driver, which is far more important than just passing a test.”
George, Towersey

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“I’m so glad I found Destiny Driving School as Fiona is a great instructor. I was very nervous to begin with but she was reassuring and put me at ease. Her patience and encouragement helped increase my confidence and I don’t think I would have passed first time if I had gone with another driving school”
Chloe, Aylesbury

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“When I first began my lessons with Fiona, I had been driving for over two years. I had failed my driving test four times and the expiry date on my theory test was soon approaching. I had lost a lot of confidence and I needed a calm and patient instructor. Fiona is exactly that, calm and patient. Very quickly my confidence was back to where it once was and this time I felt I had a better understanding of the roads and manoeuvres. Following road signs and lane discipline were my weakest points and within the few months I was with Fiona I felt ready to take my test again. The day I passed was the best feeling I could imagine and thanks to Fiona I am now a much more confident driver butmost importantly a qualified one! I highly recommend to anyone who is in need of a calm and non-judgmental instructor, use Destiny Driving School.”
Adam, Wendover

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“I can wholeheartedly recommend Fiona both for learning to drive and the Pass Plus course. I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to be so calm in a car with a complete beginner, but Fiona took me through every stage of learning to drive – not just learning to pass my test – and was always on hand with advice, guidance, and useful tips. I could not have passed without her!”
Ella, Haddenham

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“I was quite scared to start driving and prone to panicking or becoming very nervous behind the wheel, but now I actually enjoy driving. Fiona helped a lot by being a calm and patient teacher. She won’t just teach you to pass a test, she’ll teach you to drive properly, which is exactly what I needed. I would definitely recommend Fiona to anyone nervous to start driving as she will make you feel very comfortable behind the wheel!”
Annie, Haddenham

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“Destiny Driving School is a perfect choice when learning to drive, Fiona teaches you how to drive, not just to pass your test, but so you can drive safe for the rest of your life. Fiona is a fantastic teacher, she’s very patient and she will make you feel very comfortable in and out if the car. I would highly recommend Destiny Driving School for anyone who is learning to drive, from beginners to experienced drivers. Many thanks for the time you’ve put in for me Fiona, I wish you all the best!”
Ed, Haddenham

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“Just like to say a massive thanks to Fiona Ladyman for helping me go from no experience whatsoever in a car to being able to pass my test with just 2 minors, I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a patient and understanding driving instructor to choose Destiny Driving School”
James, Stone

Bad Habits Are Hard To Break!

Bad Habits Die HardIt’s really important to learn how to drive safely right from the beginning – bad habits are hard to break!

Driving instructors are specially trained to teach you what you need to know to be safe on the road and pass your test. They have lots of experience and knowledge about driving, which they’ll use to help you become a confident, safe driver.

Lots of learners pass first time with Destiny Driving School.

Don’t waste time – get it right from the start. Come and learn the right way, with us.

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“I couldn’t have asked for a better driving instructor than Fiona. I started learning when I turned 17 last year and haven’t looked back since. Fiona took me through everything I needed to know with precision and understanding and made sure I understood everything she said and didn’t rush ahead. Anything that could be improved upon was thanks to Fiona’s skill at teaching. I passed my practical test in one try and with ease and have just finished the Pass Plus Scheme and couldn’t have got this far without her teaching”
Nicholas, Stone

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“I can honestly say that Destiny (Fiona) is an excellent driving school and my son Blake, who was taught by Fiona, passed his test first time aged 17! Of course, we hoped he would, but realistically, given the stringency of the test these days, it’s easy to fail too and we were quite prepared to face this. He has since enhanced this achievement by taking the ‘Pass Plus’ course which he found very worthwhile and would recommend it to any new driver!”
Carlo (Blake’s father), Stone

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“Before learning to drive I felt very nervous and uncomfortable with the idea of it, even my parents thought I’d never be a very confident driver. However, after having Fiona as my instructor I passed my test first time! Fiona is such a kind and gentle person with brilliant teaching methods which helped me a lot, especially with the maneuvers. I have also completed the Pass Plus course with Fiona which I recommend as it has furthered my learning and will keep me safer on the roads. I really enjoy driving now and have found that my experience with Fiona will last a lifetime. I really can’t thank her enough!”
Demi, Stone

Provisional License Points On The Increase

Did you know that a fifth of UK motoring offenders, almost 54,000 learners have received points before even passing their test? These were the collective offences – some obviously charged with more than one!

Speeding (60 percent)
Jumping a red light (43 percent)
No insurance (33 percent)
Driving carelessly (16 percent)

A lot of learners are unaware that they can even receive points before passing their test, so be warned – the last thing you need so to finally get on the road having passed your test and you’re already well on the way to losing your license, not to mention the danger to yourself and the public when you offend.

Destiny Driving School in Aylesbury aims to give you the best possible start to your driving life and, given the right instruction and armed with the proper knowledge, offending before your test will just simply not be an option.

Theory Tests Will Soon Be Cheaper

Good news – in October of this year the cost of theory tests will come down from £31 to £25 and there will be a further reduction in October 2015 to £23. Every little helps!

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“Lessons with Fiona turned learning to drive from a chore I dreaded into an activity I really enjoyed and looked forward to every week. She is everything I could have hoped for in an instructor, especially as a pupil who is not naturally good at driving and has given up on previous attempts. Her clear instructions and calm encouragement gave me confidence for the first time. I was under a tight deadline with my first baby due, and I feel sure I would not have passed my test without the kind, dedicated and professional support Fiona offered. With her on side I had the fantastic moment of taking home my pass certificate three days before my due date, and I look forward to continuing lessons with her now to take my driving to the best possible level.” Claire, Haddenham

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“I have today passed my driving test on the first attempt and its all thanks to Fiona for being such a patient calm and friendly instructor. I was quite a nervous driver but Fiona made me feel at ease and helped me to believe in myself. I thank her for her brilliant tuition and would gladly recommend her as a top class driving instructor for anyone wishing to learn to drive. I have a friend who also learnt to drive with Fiona and he also passed his test on the first attempt. I think that says it all. Looking forward to the pass plus course in the new year.” Tom, Aylesbury

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“Learning to drive with Fiona was a fantastic experience. Being behind the wheel of a car seemed daunting at first, but Fiona always remained patient, encouraging and professional, and her calm attitude really helped when I myself wasn’t feeling quite so relaxed! If you told me a year ago I would have passed my driving test first time and be driving myself to work independently I never would have believed it, and it really is all thanks to Fiona and Destiny Driving School. Thank you!!” Evie, Stone

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“I began learning to drive with another instructor and because of this when I began lessons with Fiona I had picked up ALOT of bad habits and a real fear of roundabouts as the issue was never dealt with before.
Fiona was incredibly understanding and worked through any and all issues I had, at MY pace; with patience and care to ensure I was happy and comfortable. Having a weekly log that she took the time to write which we recapped before every lesson really helped me to focus on flaws I needed to iron out and track my progress! Not only has Fiona been a truly amazing instructor but she’s become a friend, who made me feel comfortable and relaxed whilst learning with her and was ALWAYS sympathetic and understanding of personal situations that may have affected my driving on a particular day. Fiona helped me in every aspect of my driving from my theory (setting me up on Theory Test Pro) to passing my driving test. It’s safe to say I wasn’t the most natural driver when I started out but Fiona has helped me become a confident and safe driver. Without her dedicated tuition I wouldn’t be driving around in my own car today! THANKYOU!”
Sophie, Askett

Unlicensed Driving Instructors Warning

Every day, Police are now discovering unlicensed driving instructors following 30 roadside operations since 2011. Learner drivers should be vigilant to these fraudsters and check their instructor’s qualifications before even opening the car door. If you don’t, you could be sitting next to somebody you know nothing about who may not have even been through any criminal background checks, which of course is an absolute must to gain a valid driving instructor license. We at Destiny Driving School, Aylesbury will be glad to help with any queries relating to this if you’re not sure, and in the meantime here’s some useful information that every student should know:

Pink badge – trainee driving instructor limited to 6 month’s teaching
Green badge – fully qualified instructor

These badges should always be displayed on the windscreen… and check the dates!

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“I would recommend Destiny Driving school to anyone who wishes to have an enjoyable driving experience. Fiona is a lovely and patient lady, who doesn’t just teach you how to pass your test. She provides you with knowledge to drive safely and carefully in everyday life as well. I felt completely at ease when driving with her and couldn’t have imagined anyone else teaching me. Thank you so much Fiona.” Katie, Cublington

Beware Copycat Websites

There is only one place to book your theory and practical driving tests and that is through the official DSA website. Destiny Driving School has links to these on the homepage under Useful Links and, unless you want to pay too much, the DSA website is the only place you should be visiting to book these tests. £31 and £62 are what you should be paying for theory and practical tests respectively. The DSA have already informed Trading Standards and the Advertising Standards Authority and feel that these sites are misleading consumers and tricking them into paying extra fees. Please use only the following addresses:

https://www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test
https://www.gov.uk/book-practical-driving-test

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“I just passed my driving test after lessons with a fantastic driving instructor. I was extremely nervous and felt like giving up. She encouraged me and gave me the confidence to drive. She made me laugh when I wanted to cry and answered every question and worry I had. I couldn’t have done it without her. Thanks.” Aga, Haddenham

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“Hi Fiona, just want to say thanks for everything, you’re a brilliant driving instructor and taught Lily how to be both a competent and confident little driver. See you in 3 years time when Sam is old enough to drive You have made Lily the happiest girl in town, and me the proudest Mum he he I will be only too pleased to recommend you in the future x Take care, and thanks so much again.” Elaine (Lily’s Mum) – Aylesbury

Is Your Vehicle Fit To Take Your Test In?

As manufacturers recall vehicles to be checked and fixed so they are “test fit”, if your car falls into the categories specified by the Government at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-test-candidates-warned-on-vehicle-recalls, you won’t be able to take your test in it until it’s gone back to the manufacturer. If you’re learning with Destiny Driving School in Aylesbury though, don’t worry as we will make the car that you learn in available for you for your test day. Rest assured, Destiny Driving School makes your whole learning and test taking experience a stress free and enjoyable experience and we pride ourselves on our high levels of customer service. Don’t take our word for it – read some of our testimonials here at http://destinydrivingschool.com/testimonials

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“I thought I would never drive and even when I felt like a failure and felt like giving up completely, Fiona was supportive, kind and caring. She would never give up and never let me give up my dreams of driving, being independent and pursuing my goals. Fiona is a Grade 6 instructor and it shows in her method of teaching. She will adjust her teaching method according to the individual and that is one of her greatest assets. She makes you feel like you’re not just another student. Fiona always takes an interest in you as an individual which is great. I’m so pleased that I chose Fiona as a driving instructor. I can’t recommend her enough – Destiny Driving School all the way for me.” Tara, Stone

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“I am so pleased with Fiona of Destiny Driving School. I passed my test first time. Fiona is an excellent teacher and made sure I was familiar with all types of roads in and around Aylesbury. I found this a great help when it came to taking my test.” Kate, Chinnor

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“I would strongly recommend learning to drive with Fiona. I didn’t have much knowledge of driving when I started having lessons with her and was very nervous because I was a bit older that most 18yr olds I saw learning to drive. She got me through my test and I am now a confident driver because of Fiona’s tutoring. You could not ask for a better teacher” Vanessa, Aylesbury

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“My first experience with Destiny Driving School was on my 17th birthday when Fiona was waiting for me at the end of my day at 6th Form. Although I was always busy and the biggest pain, Fiona was always able to arrange my lessons when it was convenient for me. The lessons themselves were always for the full hour and I was always made to feel extremely relaxed. I would recommend Destiny Driving School to anyone as I think Fiona will do you proud, as she did me. Thanks again Fiona” Nathan, Aylesbury

Dangerous Instructors To Get The Boot!

Safe driving with DestinyShould dangerous driving instructors be allowed to roam the streets whilst under investigation? That has been the case up until now. New rules will now see this come to an end. No longer will the process take 45 days to remove the potential offenders from the streets – the ADI registrar can now suspend ADIs immediately whilst the formal process takes place. The suspension power will most likely be used where instructors have been convicted of a violent or sexual offence, or are delivering tuition of a dangerously low standard. (more…)

Big Discounts On Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro at Destiny Driving SchoolYes, that’s right, not only are Destiny Driving School offering a grade 6 driving instructor service in Aylesbury, not only are we offering some of the most competitively priced driving lessons in Aylesbury, but now we offer the smarter, if not the smartest way to study and pass your theory test, all for only £5! (more…)

Cost of Fuel Forces Increase in Lesson Prices

It is with regret that Destiny Driving School have had to take the decision to review the prices charged for lessons. In the current economic climate and with ever increasing fuel costs it is an unavoidable decision, if we are to continue providing driving tuition on a variety of different roads, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in as many different situations as possible. (more…)

New Tuition Vehicle Arrives!

Destiny Driving School is pleased to announce the arrival of a new tuition vehicle. The silver Vauxhall Corsa SXi is fitted with He-Man dual controls providing reassurance for anyone wishing to learn to drive in the Aylesbury area, and especially for the more nervous pupils. It is available to use for the practical driving test as it is also equipped with a secondary speedometer, stipulated as a requirement by the DSA for the purposes of the test. So if you are looking for a patient, highly qualified female driving instructor (Grade 6) in Aylesbury or the surrounding villages who teaches in a modern, safe and comfortable car, then contact Destiny Driving School.

The New Destiny Driving School Website

driving-test-passedWelcome to the new Destiny Driving School website, providing information about driving lessons in Aylesbury and the surrounding area.

Learning to drive is an important decision and your choice of driving school or driving instructor will have a very strong bearing on the whole experience. (more…)

Changes To The Theory Test In January 2012

From 23rd January 2012 the DSA is making changes to the UK driving theory test. From this date onwards, the DSA will add new multiple choice theory test questions to the test. The DSA will not allow anyone to publish these new theory test questions so they will not appear in any product or on any website. However, the DSA will continue to release official DSA theory test revision questions. (more…)

Pupil Referral Scheme

The majority of our pupils are the result of referrals from existing or past pupils.

Destiny Driving School operates a referral reward scheme whereby, if a pupil refers a relation, friend, colleague or acquaintance to the school, and that person then becomes a pupil, the referrer is rewarded with a free 1hr lesson by way of a ‘thank you’.

Nervous Drivers

nervous-driversMany pupils are very nervous of the whole driving experience. Although they like the idea of the freedom and independence that comes with driving, many actually find the thought of controlling the car very daunting and have serious doubts about their own ability. Nervous pupils and those lacking in confidence need real understanding, patience and considerably more encouragement than other pupils. Here at Destiny, we pride ourselves on offering that support and understanding, enabling the pupil to feel relaxed and overcome these inhibitions. (more…)

The Practical Test

This will last between 35 and 40 minutes and will test your ability to drive safely on different types of roads and in a variety of traffic conditions. At the beginning of the test you will be asked to read a number plate from the required distance of 20.5m or 20m (depending on whether it is an old-style or new-style number plate). (more…)

The Theory Test

Before you can take your practical test you will need to take and pass your theory test. This comprises two parts, the first consisting of 50 multiple choice questions and the second, referred to as the Hazard Perception Test, consisting of 14 video clips. You need to obtain a pass mark of 43 out of 50 on the first section AND a pass mark of 44 out of 75 on the hazard perception part to be awarded a ‘pass’ on the theory test. The cost for the Theory Test is currently £31.00 and can be booked online (see the link to the left).

Terms & Conditions

These Terms and Conditions are the standard terms which apply to the provision of driving tuition by Fiona Ladyman of Destiny Driving School to pupils that require such tuition; and where the pupil is a “Consumer” as defined by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Driving Lessons: Booking, Cancellation & Delays
1. A lesson will only be made available to you if you have a pre-booked appointment for it. It shall be your and my responsibility to agree all matters relating to each lesson including, but not limited to, date, time, location and duration;
2. Your request to book a lesson will be an offer, but whether I accept any request will be for me to decide in my discretion. Only if and when I tell you that I accept your request for any particular lesson(s) will there be a binding contract between you and me for that/those lesson(s);
3. I will not reserve any lesson slots or guarantee regularity of lessons over any period of time or on any particular date and/or time except that I will reserve a particular lesson slot for you if and when I accept a booking for it from you. Nevertheless, I shall use reasonable endeavours to make available regular lesson slots for you;
4. If you know you are going to be late for a lesson, you should contact me to tell me. If you arrive (or are not ready) later than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time for your booked lesson, I will try to provide that lesson but if I decide that I cannot do so, the lesson will be treated as cancelled without notice by you and I reserve the right to make a charge for that lesson;
5. You may cancel a lesson without charge if you give me at least 48 hours prior notice of the cancellation and if you do so I will refund to you any sum you paid me in advance;
6. If you do not give me at least 48 hours prior notice of cancellation of a lesson, I will be entitled to charge you the full price of the lesson. I will be entitled to deduct that charge from any sum you paid me in advance;
7. If, due to exceptional circumstances including, but not limited to, illness, accidents and bereavement, You cancel a lesson without giving me at least 48 hours prior notice, I will consider the circumstances and in my discretion decide whether to waive any charge for late cancellation;
8. I may, without incurring any liability to you, cancel a booked lesson at any time before the start time of that lesson, where either:
1. due to my illness, unavailability of a suitable vehicle, or other reason beyond my reasonable control, I am not available or able to provide the lesson fully or properly. If I cancel a lesson in such circumstances, I will refund to you in full any advance payment that you have made to me for that lesson and may, at my discretion, compensate you with a lesson free of charge to you ; or
2. I have reason to believe that you are not fit to drive at the time of the lesson due to any factors including, but not limited to, alcohol, drugs (whether prescribed or otherwise), illness or other medical condition.If I cancel the lesson for such reason, I shall be entitled, at my discretion, to charge you for that lesson
9. I will use all reasonable endeavours to start a lesson at the time which you have booked but the start may be delayed by overrun of a previous lesson or by other circumstances. If a delay to the start is at least 15 minutes, or if at any time before or after you or I arrive for a lesson I notify you that there will be a delay of at least that time, you may cancel and will not have to pay for that lesson and I will refund to you in full any advance payment that you have made to me for that lesson. If, however, in those circumstances you do not cancel the lesson, I shall add on to the lesson the time by which the start is delayed at no charge to you or, if that does not suit you, I shall add it on to a subsequent lesson, or if you do not book a further lesson I will refund a part of the fee for that lesson in proportion to the part of the lesson not added on;

Fees & Payment
1. You must pay my fees for all lessons. You can obtain information on current lesson fees from www.destinydrivingschool.com or from me;
2. I may change my fees with one month’s prior notice but if I increase the fees between the time you book a lesson and the date of the lesson, and you pay for it in advance of the lesson, the price increase will not apply to that lesson;

3. You shall make payment to me of my fees in advance or at the start of the lesson, by cash, cheque or direct bank transfer, and upon request I shall give you a receipt for all sums that I receive from you.

Vehicles & Insurance
I shall ensure that any vehicle that I provide are fitted with dual controls, are fully roadworthy, taxed, have a valid MOT (where relevant), and are fully insured for the purposes of driving instruction

Driving Tests
1. I shall discuss driving tests with you and inform you when I feel that you are ready to take a test;
2. I shall be responsible for booking your practical test. It shall be your responsibility to book your theory test;

3. If you already have a test booked prior to becoming a pupil of Destiny Driving School, you must inform me of all details of your test including, but not limited to, its date and location at least 3 weeks before your test date;
4. When you attend a test, you must take all required documentation with you. If you do not, your test may be cancelled and you would then lose your test fees;
5. Unless I feel that my vehicle is unsuitable for a pupil to use for their practical test, I generally permit pupils to use my vehicle for their test, but whether I permit you to do so for your test will be in my discretion;
6. If I have given you permission to use my vehicle for your test but it breaks down or is otherwise unavailable or unusable on the date of the test, I shall use my reasonable endeavours to arrange an alternative vehicle. If this is not possible, I shall pay for the replacement test;
7. If your test is cancelled by the DVSA giving you insufficient time to provide me with the required cancellation notice of a booking, You must still pay my fees for my time and/or the use of my vehicle. In that case, I shall advise you on claiming compensation from the DVSA for the cost of those fees; and
8. If you have a test booked and, in my opinion, you do not make the expected progress in your lessons between the date of booking and the test date, I may decide not to permit you to use my vehicle for your test and I will not be responsible for any fees that you pay for the test which are lost

Complaints
I always welcome feedback from my pupils and, whilst I always use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that I provide a high standard of tuition and service to pupils, I nevertheless want to hear from you if you have any cause for complaint. If you have any complaint about my tuition or other services or any other complaint about me, please raise the matter with me in person or by email

Your Personal Information (Data Protection)
1. All personal information that I may use will be collected, processed, and held in accordance with the provisions of EU Regulation 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and your rights under the GDPR. This information is collected for communication purposes and to ascertain eligibility to drive and will be retained for as long as is necessary to provide tuition and in line with my responsibility to maintain effective records;

2. The information collect and stored on my own password protected personal computer may be all or any of the following: Name, Address, Age and date of birth, Phone number(s), Email address(es), Driving Licence number, Basic information about any health conditions that may affect your ability to be a responsible and able driver

Referral Scheme
If you refer a friend, relative or acquaintance to Destiny Driving School who then takes a minimum of 6 hours tuition with you shall be entitled to 1hr of free tuition by way of thanks

Acceptance
By signing this document, you are confirming that you are 18 years of age or over and have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

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Name of pupil……………………………………………………….

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Signature of parent/guardian (if under the age of 18)

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Name of parent/guardian (if under the age of 18)

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