Laura Wild

Laura Wild

Miss Wild began her creative career at the very young age of 5. Throughout school, she performed on professional stages and was awarded a number of TV appearances. Whilst gaining her Bachelor of Arts degree, she worked in Boston Massachusetts, USA, leading a Performing Arts summer school. On her return, she was employed as a Drama and Dance teacher in Manchester, and it was then that she discovered there was an even greater joy to be had in enthusing others with her passion for Drama and Theatre. She stayed in Manchester to undertake her teacher training, graduating with a First Class Drama PGCE in 2016. Miss Wild describes herself as committed, approachable and effervescent.

Prior to joining Arcadia, Miss Wild was Head of Drama and Gifted and Talented Coordinator, in a grammar school in Canterbury, Kent. As well as this, Miss Wild has also been an AQA A-level (post 16) examiner for Drama and Theatre studies for the past two academic years.

Our Teachers

Jack Glyn Mark Johns

Jack Glyn Mark Johns

Mr Johns graduated with his Bachelor Degree with honours in Performance Industries back in 2012. He started playing drums from the age of 14 and has performed live for audiences from the age of 16. Mr Johns went on to study music full time at the Academy of Music and Sound Exeter, in the south west of the UK. He graduated one year early and moved back to his home city of London in 2013 where he worked with various artists and musicians on multiple projects, performing at festivals, UK tours & recorded albums. His recording studio experience and cover work meant that over time he also picked up Piano, Guitar, Bass & Singing.

Mr Johns moved back to Devon in 2018 and completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education at Plymouth University in 2019. He taught music for the following 3 years across Devon before moving here to Dubai with Arcadia.

The Career that Mr Johns has had so far mixed with his charismatic personality makes him a fun and inspiring music teacher that students find easy to get along with and learn from.

Having positive relationships with students is extremely important and helps create a happy and safe learning environment. This helps students reach their full potential not just within music but also when building their confidence, creativity & collaboration skills.

Mr Johns is excited for his time at Arcadia and is ready to push the Music here to the next level.

In his spare time Mr Johns enjoys anything that involves speed! Whether it's jet skiing, racing cars, quad biking or watching Formula 1. He looks forward to giving skydiving a go.

Jessica Walkinshaw

Jessica Walkinshaw

My name is Jessica Walkinshaw and I am the secondary counsellor and careers advisor at Arcadia. This is my second year here at Arcadia and 7th year working in Dubai. I have 13 years experience in education, having worked as a school counsellor for 1 year and Head of Music and Performing Arts department in a large school in Dubai prior to that. I have a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Throughout my career, I have worked in both primary and secondary schools in the UK and international settings. I have led performing arts and literacy across the key stages, worked as a teacher of special educational needs, and played a key role in developing wellbeing and Positive Education.

Working as a school counsellor at Arcadia this year, I aim to share my love of learning and passion for music, wellbeing and positive education with all students. I strongly believe in the application of student-centred and solution-focused positive psychology interventions to achieve the best possible progress for all children.

As a lifetime learner of the arts, I have a special interest in incorporating the expressive arts into counselling techniques used with my students. I believe in the power of creative expression to enhance the lives of students and discover their individual strengths. I am excited to be part of the Arcadia family this year to continue to support and motivate all learners to achieve their potential and flourish in an ever-changing world.