Norfolk is for all folks

Overseas-education | Samuel Chan 27 Apr 2021

Families moving to the UK under the BNO passport scheme have a great many choices open to them regarding where to live, work and send their children to school. In this week's column, I continue my series highlighting some of the UK's very appealing, but less well known, options.

Previously, we considered Cheltenham; now, we head over to Norfolk.

The first thing I think of whenever anyone says Norfolk is Gresham's School.

This is my alma mater - the boarding school that made me who I am today. I have so many good memories of the school and the surrounding area, but the appeal of Norfolk goes far beyond just personal nostalgia.

Voted one of the most popular destinations in the UK to raise a family by The Daily Telegraph, Norfolk has so much to offer families coming over from Hong Kong.

In fact, it is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently raising their young family - in a country home called Anmer Hall.

Situated in the east of England, Norfolk has plenty of lovely nature spots to explore that are ideal for rural outings. Its beaches are some of the best in the UK. And then there are the Norfolk Broads, a huge area of countryside with beautiful lakes and rivers winding through it.

In the area, you have the lovely towns of Sheringham, Cromer, Kings Lynn and the city of Norwich, which is full of history.

Norwich Cathedral, for example, was completed in 1145 and is considered to be one of England's great Norman buildings.

Norwich Castle was founded slightly earlier still by William the Conqueror. Norwich Market is historic, but also active today, with over 200 stalls selling everything from clothes and flowers to beer and delicious street food.

When it comes to education, Norfolk also has a lot going for it. I have already mentioned Gresham's. There is also Beeston Hall, an independent prep school (for children aged four to 13) and Langley School, an HMC school offering day places and all the various boarding options.

Norwich School is an independent day school with a history that can be traced back to 1096, making it one of the oldest schools in the UK. It is coeducational, taking boys and girls all the way from the age of four to 18.

Beyond school age, there is the University of East Anglia, often referred to simply as UEA. The university is consistently ranked in the top 25 UK universities and has some iconic modern architecture.

Another point to consider when moving to the UK is what the atmosphere of an area is like.

Hongkongers looking for somewhere multicultural will do well to choose London or another large city, such as Birmingham or Manchester. In Norfolk, however, what you get is something more quintessentially British. This means that it's all very historic, very civilized and very beautiful - but, of course, you won't find a Chinatown!

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