School and project visits

Henrietta has been doing a number of visits to schools to read from Control Freak and discuss the issues with pupils. She’s also been doing some group work with young people in care.

If your would like Henrietta to visit your school or leaving care project, please contact her on 07976 658345 or email her on

See some of the reactions Henrietta’s had from these visits!

Fifty year 8 students of mixed abilities after lunch are notoriously hard to settle! Henrietta Bond kept them enthralled for an hour when she told them about her book “Control Freak”. They were particularly interested in the background to the book, and where Henrietta drew her inspiration from. The book is regularly borrowed. We were delighted that she was then able to join our small, enthusiastic 6th form reading group. Her contributions were well received, especially as the book we were discussing was “Catcher in the Rye” – Henrietta’s insight into the teenage mind fitted perfectly.’

Gill Ward, Senior Librarian
Fortismere School
Muswell Hill

Henrietta visited our school and engaged a range of students in discussion about the topic of fostering and living in care. Boys, girls and even a student who is fostered herself were intrigued to meet and see an author like Henrietta who has written skillfully and believably on such a sensitive topic. All schools would benefit from a visit such as hers to their school library.

Laurel van Dommelen, Librarian
Highlands School

You spoke to a group of pupils during a lunchtime session and in the afternoon to a group of 60 Year 8 pupils. Both sessions went well with pupils keeping you busy with a range of questions and queries. On the basis of this I have recommended your author visits to other School Librarians. I look forward to your next book in 2012 and would love to invite you back to Ashmole Academy to speak to the pupils about your new novel.

Alison Bugg, Librarian
Ashmole Academy

Our young people enjoyed the session and in particular the story of the book which is related to most people that are in care. It was a pleasure having you down at Horizons for our mentoring session. Thank you for producing a wonderful workshop, and hopefully in near future we might re-arrange for another session in terms of coaching etc?

Bledar Shabani, Lead Mentor
LAC Education Team (Horizons)

Henrietta Bond visited Chace Community School as part of our World Book Day activities. She was well received by the students while holding sessions in our Learning Resource Centre during lunch break. Since her visit her book has been read and reviewed by not only many students, but also by our staff. We wish Henrietta added success with her latest novel and look forward to inviting her back to our school in the near future.

Sherry Sanderson, LRC Manager/Careers & Work Experience Co-ordinator
Chace Community School

During the past year Henrietta has worked closely alongside us generously offering her professional services as a life coach. Henrietta devoted a considerable amount of time to the programme preparing workshop notes and resources that offer an introduction to coaching and working with young care leavers. Furthermore, she then delivered 1:1 coaching sessions to our young people, many of whom struggle in mainstream education, and managed to identify and support their needs to enable them to complete the programme.’

Henrietta is great. She talks to you with maturity and she gets you to talk about what your ambitions are, and your goals’ (Young Person, 14)

Henrietta is professional but warm and our young people have responded well to her commitment to their personal development. We have observed that they are more focussed and self-assured after working with her and cannot recommend her highly enough.’

Zoë Palmer, Director
The Golden Co-op