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Donald Moxham

Qualifications:

  • Institute of Advanced Motorist Test (IAM) (1998)
  • Became First IAM Fleet Trainer in the Irish Republic (1998)
  • Fleet Trainer with Risk and Safety Services (1999)
  • RoSPA Advanced Driving Test - GOLD (2000)
  • RosPA Diploma in Advanced Driver Training (2001)
  • RSA Approved Driving Instructor 34700 (2008)
  • Diamond Special Advanced Driving Test (2009)
  • Cardington Special Advanced Driving Test (2010)

Biography

Donald Moxham qualified as a second level teacher in 1967 and taught in Mount Temple Comprehensive School until 1997. Began giving driving lessons in 1986 to relatives and Mount Temple students. In 1996 he became a member of the Driving Instructor Register (DIR) and since then has been working full-time as a driving instructor. For further details click below.

Donald F. Moxham is a native of Co Longford. On his 17th birthday he got one of the greatest presents of his life - his driving licence. While there was far less traffic on the road in the 1960s, he cringes at his lack of driving experience back then. However he survived and has an accident/claims free record for almost fifty years. Donald is ever grateful to Mr Jimmy Connell,

Jimmy Connell a local shop-keeper in Abbeyshrule, Co Longford who also ran a travelling shop. Jimmy, who is now in his late 80s, introduced him to driving in a very quiet, encouraging and patient manner. Donald says he will never forget Jimmy’s kindness.


In the mid 1980s he passed his bus driving test. This was the first actual driving test he sat. Shortly afterwards he began to instruct relatives and some of his senior students. He did this purely as a hobby for several years. Because of his teaching connection with Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Malahide Road he called his driving school the Temple School of Motoring. Because of his teaching commitments he was unable to cope with most of the requests; indeed up to 1993 he turned away most of his potential business. In 1992 Donald became a member of the ADIR (now the IDIA) having passed the written and practical examinations. In 1993 he was on the verge of quitting giving driving lessons without assistance. He was adamant that he would only take on a person he had personally taught to drive and that he knew personally. He earmarked Dave Stanley then aged nineteen. Donald knew Dave to be a beautiful driver with a great interest in driving and so he trained him to be an instructor. It was from 1993 that Temple School of Motoring took off.

In 1996 Donald became the 20th person to pass all three parts of the Driving Instructor Register (DIR) which is now defunct. He passed the IAM (Institute for Advanced Motorists) driving test in 1998 and in the same year was assessed by the fleet training division of the IAM (the assessment included classroom presentation skills, driving and commentary skills, instructional skills as well as a written examination) and selected to be a fleet trainer; he was the first IAM fleet trainer to be chosen in the Irish Republic. In 1999 he became a consultant with Risk and Safety Services. In July 2000 he sat the RoSPA advanced driving test and passed at Gold Grade standard. He has held a RoSPA Diploma in Advanced Driver Training since 2001.

Up to 1986, Donald Moxham never dreamed that he would ever establish a successful driving school. Having left secondary school in 1961 he attended Trinity College Dublin where he gained his B.A. in history, economics and psychology. He gained his Higher Diploma in Education with honours in 1967 and began his teaching career in the Hibernian Marine School, Seafield Road, Clontarf (All the houses in Seacourt are built on former Hibernian Marine School property). In 1968 Mountjoy School and Hibernian Marine School merged and Donald joined the teaching staff of Mountjoy and Marine School. In 1972 The Department of Education purchased Mountjoy and Marine School and established Mount Temple Comprehensive. Between 1967 and 1997 Donald taught history to Leaving Certificate level and maths and science at junior level. In 1989 he gained a first class honours in the DCG (Diploma in Career Guidance) from UCD. During the 90s he began studying for the M.Ed. degree in UCD. In 1995 he gained a first class honours in a Higher Diploma in Pastoral Care in Education (H.Dip.P.C.) from MIE/Maynooth.

He took early retirement from teaching in October 1997. Since then he has trained dozens of instructors, a number of whom are now running successful driving schools. He prides himself in setting a very high standard of driving instruction and driver instructor training.

While he still misses many aspects of teaching and school life, he is committed to driver training at all levels.