Celebrating another successful year at Discovery College

Over 150 of our young people have celebrated another successful year, after completing their courses ranging from public services to childcare. After achieving the best exam results in the nine years since we were founded, our students deservedly celebrated at the annual presentation day held at Plymouth Albion on 12th July 2019. Students received certificates and awards in recognition of their hard work and are now looking ahead to studying at top Universities across the country or starting careers and apprenticeships.

Despite being one of the smaller 16-19 providers in the city, we’re proud that in 9 years we’ve earned a strong reputation for enabling young people to thrive in a supportive and inspiring environment. On the day, Tom Lavis, Head of Education said: “Each year this day is the culmination the hard work and amazing journeys our students have been on while at Discovery and we’re proud of each and every one of them.”

We took the time to speak to some of our student’s who graduated on the day, here’s just a few who are leaving Discovery to continue their journey in successful careers or further education:

Completing a Level 3 Sports Diploma, Ben Yeoman said: “The tutors are like pals, always by your side and there to help you get where you want to be.” said Ben. For him, that place to be was a career as a PE teacher, something he’ll now be starting with an apprenticeship at a local primary school this September.

Ben Yeomanm, BTEC Level 3 in Sport, with ex-Discovery student and England Womens Rugby International, Lagi Tuima

Many of our students graduating citde the community feel and togetherness of the college which makes it a unique place that gets the best out of them. Graduating with a level 3 BTEC in Business, and moving onto study Business Management at Plymouth University, Louisa Morgan said: “It’s like a second home – It’s not too big, nobody is left out and tutors have time for everyone.”

Louisa Morgan, Level 3 Business, with Tom Lavis, Head of Education

Beth Halligan, who graduated in Health & Social Care says: “My tutor was there for me even when I struggled and thought I was going to give up, but they were behind me telling me I could do it. It was that motivation that pushed me to complete my course, and I’m now moving onto study Nursing at University”.

Beth Halligan, Level 3 Health & Social Care, with Sue Kowolska, External Verifier

Completing her Level 2 Travel & Tourism course Angel Scott said “Discovery College motivated me and had a faith in me that I’d never experienced in school or another college. They helped me grow in confidence when I had none when I started out – for that I can’t thank them enough.” Angel is now looking ahead to continuing her path to become a train driver for GWR.

Angel Scott, BTEC Level 2 in Travel & Tourism

Finally we would once again like to say well done to every student that is moving on from Discovery College to the next part of your journey – we wish you the very best. Remember, you are always part of the Discovery family and we’ll always be her if you need us.

Check out our alumni page for more stories of success after Discovery College.