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The Team

Ian Gould


Ian decided to become a driving instructor in 1998, and started to train with a large national company to become a Driving Instructor. He started to teach pupils as a trainee instructor and then passed his final exam to become a fully qualified instructor. Within 6 months he was generating most of his pupils from recommendations and decided to go on his own and launched 17Plus in 1999.


Robin Hoad

robin.jpgRobin has been part of the 17+ driving School since 2001, having originally started with a National driving school in 1996. He really wanted to offer a more personal and individual approach to teaching people to drive and saw that 17 Plus would give him that opportunity. Learning to drive and passing the practical driving test can be a bit of a daunting experience, however, his aim is to offer a calm and reassuring approach to learning to drive. Robin is a Fully Qualified Driving Standards Agency Driving Instructor and has a Level 3 NVQ in driving instruction. He is totally committed to abiding by the voluntary code of practice and continuing professional development

Peter Harris

peter2.jpgPeter has been a driving instructor since 1999. He worked for a national driving school for 2 years were he also trained MOD staff. He joined 17 Plus during 2001.He teaches in a Renualt Clio Diesel and covers Exmouth, Exeter, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, and Ottery St. Mary.

He is described by his past pupils as a completely professional instructor with a talent for teaching clearly and calmly: never bored, nervous,or short-tempered: terrific teacher, mentor, and guide. He is also an A1 Assessor for the BTEC Level 2 Award ' Demonstrate Safe Driving (car).

Stuart Winter


Stuart has been a fully qualified driving instructor for 17 years, which obviously means that he has lots of experience in all aspects of driving tuition. He has a consistently high first time pass rate which is well above the local and national average. Before he became a driving instructor he worked as a fully qualified science teacher in main stream secondary schools. This means that he is in touch with the students of that age group. He qualified as a teacher from Exeter University after completing an honours degree in molecular and micro biology. He still teaches adult education to students of Weston Collage because he is a committed passionate, professional educator. He is therefore able to offer you the opportunity of tutoring you through the successful completion of the theory test. He has an almost 100% first time pass rate within this area, and has been offering this one to one tuition to his pupils for many years.

Stuart is a very active person that participates in Martial Arts. He has been studying these arts for over 18 years and has achieved black belt grades in three disciplines.

Stuart has a strong reputation of being a very calm, placid, patient instructor, who gives clear concise directions. He will guide you through all the aspects of road craft to enable you to become an independent confident accomplished driver. “I believe in teaching all the principles of road craft, not just driving techniques, this way the learner is able to apply these principles to all situations that they may find themselves in and so this gives them the ability to cope with any eventuality.”

Stuart is a family man and has been married for 20 years, he has a daughter who is 16 years old, and she is already looking forward to learning to drive later this year.

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