About Us

What We Do

We deliver vocational education and training for ages 16-19. Our approach combines academic excellence with a supportive, enjoyable and engaging environment. We know this gets the best from our students, irrespective of their backgrounds or career ambitions. Ultimately, we aim to help all young people #Learn #Achieve #Succeed.

Our Courses

Success – The Numbers

Retention Rate

Achievement Rate

Of our UCAS applicants
achieve their University
place

Success – Behind The Numbers

More important than the numbers is the reality behind them. Click below to read about the success of students who graduated from Discovery College.

Student Alumni

Our Story

Discovery College is part of YMCA Plymouth and was founded in 2010 as a modern, innovative vocational College which grew out of YMCA’s successful training department. YMCA Plymouth has been delivering education & training for over 100 years, making it one of the most established independent education providers in the city. Building upon this heritage, Discovery College was formed as a modern response to the current needs of young people; enabling them succeed in the contemporary jobs market.

Today, Discovery College has established a reputation for delivering high quality education and training to over 250 students each year. We have fantastic relationships with local business, schools and Universities, enabling our students to thrive upon their graduation. We are extremely proud of our proven track record in enabling students to realise their ambitions and find success in their futures.

Our Ethos – 
What we believe in

Teaching Excellence

►  We provide the highest academic standards
►  We have expert & industry experienced tutors
►  We deliver high quality accredited courses
►  We have a proven track record of success

Creating a Supportive Environment

►  We treat all students with respect & care
►  We are Inclusive and celebrate diversity
►  We foster togetherness & community
►  We create a safe space for everyone

Innovative Thinking

►  We free ourselves from outdated teaching styles
►  We use the latest technologies
►  We make assignments practical and fun
►  We innovate; ensuring our courses are always relevant

Meet The Team

Tom Lavis

Head of College

Kirsten Puddephatt

Deputy Head of College

Nicole Chapman

Student Liaison Officer

Jon Harris

Head of Sport

Mark Astbury

Head of Public Services

Claire Kilpatrick

Head of Care Faculty

Tracey Francombe

Health & Social Care Tutor

Luke Riordan

Business Tutor

Ryan Gardner

Public Services Tutor

Gary Menzies

Sport Tutor

Stacey Ferris

Sport Tutor

Fay Kowalska

Childcare Tutor

Jodie Richards

Childcare Tutor

Jackie White

Functional Skills Tutor

Ruth Merian

Teaching Assistant

Theresa Mcallister

Travel & Tourism Tutor

Where to Find Us

We’re located on Honicknowle Lane within the YMCA, opposite All Saints Academy school.
You can get here via the 61/62 bus route, or a short walk from the 34 and 101 bus routes via Outland Road.
You’ll also find free parking on-site.