About Acclaim Motor School

A staple in the West Berkshire area for over 40 years, Acclaim Motor School is run by Martin Caswell, a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor.

Martin is also the author of the book ‘Learn To Drive…an Easier Way’, and has won a number of awards, including:

Intelligent Instructor Awards 2024 – Shortlist of top 100 driving instructors in the UK

Intelligent Instructor Awards 2023 – WINNER Driving Instructor of the Year: South East

Intelligent Instructor Awards 2023 – RUNNER UP National Driving Instructor of the Year

Intelligent Instructor Awards 2022 – Shortlist of top 100 driving instructors in the UK

Intelligent Instructor Awards 2021 – Shortlist of top 100 driving instructors in the UK

Intelligent Instructor Awards 2021 – ‘Product of the year’ – shortlist

SME News 2020 – Winner of ‘SME News Best Driving School – Berkshire’

Intelligent Instructor Awards 2019 – Highly Commended – Driving Instructor of the Year (South East)

Having taught in London, Cornwall, Devon, and Belfast, Martin soon settled in West Berkshire to start teaching in Thatcham, Newbury, and the surrounding local areas. As well as teaching new drivers, Martin also has experience:

  • Training people to become driving instructors
  • Teaching Advanced Driving
  • Racing Ford Mexicos at Brands Hatch
  • Teaching skid-control to motor racing students, the London Ambulance service and Metropolitan Police as well as anti hijack techniques to Embassy staff
  • Driving all over the world, including in the USA, Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and more

Our mission
Our mission is to give learners the tools to drive confidently and safely when they’re out on the road on their own. This means more than just teaching you how to pass the driving test, but how to ‘Drive’ safely and competently and all that this entails. We give you the opportunity to drive in all types of road conditions and help you learn all the skills you need – even the ones you won’t be tested on.

Once you pass your driving test, you’ll feel confident in your driving skills and able to handle any challenge you face on the road, without risk of endangering yourself or other road users.

“I came to Martin after having a not so great instructor before. He is really calm (he never shouts or asks why did you do that), he’s understanding of nerves and a very funny instructor who makes you feel relaxed and in control. If you have any questions I can promise he will know the answer and will be more than happy to answer them.”

– Rosanna Collis, Brighton, 13th February 2020

Learn To Drive… An Easier Way

As well as having decades of experience teaching learners of all levels to drive, Martin has also published a highly-regarded book to assist with the experience; ‘Learn To Drive… An Easier Way’. This book was written to help simplify the different aspects of learning to drive and illustrate ways to make seemingly complex processes simple.

Learn To Drive An Easier Way

“So many tips/witticisms to help you remember points for learning to drive and beyond once passed.”

– Mya Collins

“My teenage boys are enjoying reading it thus preparing them for their driving test. There are clear explanations and diagrams which make learning to drive most definitely an easier way.”

– Jayne Wells

“I purchased 2 other ‘learn to drive’ type books and struggled to read them, this one is by far the best – it’s such a refreshing change to to other driving manuals that simply read like a script.”

– Catherine K

“Buying and reading this is a big step towards passing the new-style driving test.”

– Jon D

> Purchase your copy of Learn To Drive… An Easier Way

Driving lessons
We see everyone we teach as an individual, which means we tailor every lesson to your needs, experience, and skill level. When you learn to drive with Martin, you’ll feel at ease in a calm, encouraging environment. If you’re struggling to get the hang of a certain manoeuvre, no need to fret, Martin has a number of techniques to help you understand or visualise how to approach things.

You will be learning to drive in a modern Toyota Yaris equipped with dual-controls, instructor’s rear-view mirror, fully height-adjustable seat, adjustable telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, reversing camera, Sat-Nav, and front & rear facing dash cam to recap on any lesson incidents.

Acclaim Motor School provides driving lessons in Thatcham and Newbury, as well as the following local towns and villages:

Abingdon, Aldermaston, Ashford Hill, Beedon, Beenham, Bishops Green, Boxford, Bradfield, Bradfield Southend, Brimpton, Bucklebury, Burghclere, Chaddleworth, Chieveley, Cold Ash, Compton, Crookham, Crookham Common, Curridge, East Garston, East Hendred, East Ilsley, East Woodhay, Echinswell, Great Bedwyn, Great Shefford, Ham, Hamstead Marshall, Hampstead Norreys, Headley, Hermitage, Highclere, Hungerford, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Inkpen, Kingsclere, Kintbury, Lambourne, Leckhampstead, Little Bedwyn, Marsh Benham, Midgeham, Milton, Newbury, Newtown, Padworth, Pangbourne, Peasemore, Penwood, Reading, St Mary Bourne, Stockcross, Tadley, Thatcham, Theale, Wantage, Welford, West Hendred, West Ilsley, West Woodhay, Wickham, Winterbourne, Woolhampton, Woolton Hill, Worlds End, Yattendon

Discover why you should choose Acclaim Motor School

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Learner drivers and new drivers can enjoy the flexibility of paying for insurance by the mile and earn a £10 Amazon.co.uk voucher* with Pay As You Go Insurance from Marmalade.
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    Personal instruction

    You will be treated as an individual, and not taught the same as my previous pupil or my next pupil. Your lesson will be tailored to your OWN personal, individual requirements…

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    FULL Driving Licence

    You will be helped to attain your FULL Driving Licence MUCH SOONER than you may think possible…!

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    Private in-car lessons

    Very patient, very calm, caring, sensitive, relaxed, positive, motivational, friendly and very professional and uncomplicated driving tuition