Barry Woodward

Driving Instructor - Pontefract & Wakefield

My name is Barry Woodward I have been an ADI for approximately 16 years. I began instructing with BSM for 4 years then had my own school for 9 years. I joined Learn Driving UK nearly 4 years ago, it's good being part of a team again.

I cover the Wakefield and Pontefract areas, Wakefield is quite a busy place with its urban areas and busy city centre, Pontefract on the other hand is a smaller town though, still, can be quite busy, you don't have to travel far to be out in rural and semi rural areas.

I was brought up in Birmingham and moved into this area around 30 years ago so most of the brummie has gone.

I got to know the area quite well by travelling around and visiting various places. In my time as an ADI my knowledge of the area has grown so I feel I have a vast knowledge and experience of both areas.

I teach a diverse range of pupils from various countries. I support them if there's any language difficulties which take time and patience.
One person I remember in particular couldn't speak English but did understand it to a certain extent so we worked together and overcame the language barrier. This person went on to pass his test and went on to fulfil a driving career. I also have some experience of working with people with learning disabilities.

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Barry covers the following postcode areas: WF1, WF2, WF4, WF6, WF7, WF8, WF9, WF10 & WF11 and drives a Citroen C3.

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ryan branson wakefield
1 month ago

My mum chose the driving school i would learn to drive with. I wanted a driving instructor who was patient. Learning to drive was much better than i expected it to be. Barry's teaching methods were very useful. Id highly recommend Barry Woodward as he is patient. Theres nothing i would change, great service.

aaron johnston pontefract
3 months ago

The pass rates of the driving school were very important to me when i was looking for a driving instructor. Location and closeness to the test centre also mattered. Learning to drive was harder than i expected it to be but i passed first time. Barry's teaching methods were very informative and thorough. I would really recommend Barry Woodward to anyone wanting to learn to drive, he was very patient and thorough.

noureddine guettat wakefield
4 months ago

I chose Learn Driving UK as they had good feedback, comments, reviews and ratings on the internet and on social media (word of mouth is more trustworthy). It was important to me that the school and driving instructor had a good reputation and were mature and competent and friendly. Learning to drive was easier and not as nerve wracking as i expected it to be and got easier with practice. Barry's teaching methods were fantastic! Barry was calm at all, times, gave clear instructions and explanations and practised everything over and over again until i knew i could do it. Barry was a brilliant confidence builder. I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a calm, polite and knowledgeable instructor, who gives you confidence in your own ability and doesn't make you feel nervous. Barry provided a brilliant learning experience. Nothing could be improved, Barry went above an beyond.

tom burton pontefract
8 months ago

Learning to drive was easier than i thought it was going to be and i passed first time. Barry's teaching methods were excellent. I would highly recommend Barry Woodward to anyone.

tom danson wakefield
9 months ago

Learn Driving UK had good ratings and Barry was very flexible with lessons. Learning to drive was a lot easier than i thought it would be. Barry was easy to understand. I would highly recommend Barry as he was easy to understand and flexible.