Alfred the Great was a late 9th century King of the Anglo-Saxon Christian kingdom of Wessex in the south of what is now called England. He bravely led his people to strategically defend themselves from brutal Viking raiders, eventually expelling the Vikings from Wessex. Part of his strategy was to establish schools in the churches that vastly increased literacy and learning. He developed a written common law, encouraged literacy in government, and translated portions of the Bible and Christian literature into the Anglo-Saxon language. A few generations after Alfred, much of England was unified under one king and it was Alfred who laid the groundwork that helped establish the kingdom of England. By naming our school after him, we seek to honour his visionary Christian leadership, and we also hope in the Lord to accomplish great things for the everlasting kingdom of God.