Sam Blyth, Chair, Blyth Academy is delighted to announce the addition of Michael O’Sullivan to our expanding international program in China.

Mr. O’Sullivan joins us from Cambridge Assessment International Education, where he was CEO. Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s leading provider of international education qualifications and curriculum. It provides Cambridge IGCSEs and International A levels in 160 countries globally.

A Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and the former Director of the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, Mr. O’Sullivan is a graduate of Cambridge and Oxford Universities and speaks French, German and Chinese.

He has spent much of his professional career in China, most recently from 2000-2008 in Beijing, where he was first Director of the British Council China and Counsellor (Education and Culture) at the British Embassy, then Secretary General of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.

Mr. O’Sullivan will be taking up a position later this year as President of the China subsidiary of Blyth Academy, a leading Canadian private education company. He will be spending a good deal of his time in China, where recently Blyth Academy and TUS Education (part of TUS Holdings, spun off from Tsinghua University and now China’s leading science park operator) announced a strategic partnership to develop Sino-Canadian collaborative education programmes.

Michael O’Sullivan

Michael O’Sullivan

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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