From the late 1840s there was a steady expansion of the Catholic Church in the borough of Enfield. This began initially as a result of the Potato Famine in Ireland and the 1851 census reveals the presence of a small Irish community in Upper Edmonton. These numbers were subsequently boosted by waves of Catholic immigrants from Italy, Poland and elsewhere who settled in other areas of the borough including New Southgate.
The Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes was established in the Diocese of Westminster in 1923. The house which is currently the presbytery was purchased then together with over an acre of orchard surrounding it. Mass was said in the presbytery until the church was built in 1935.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School was built in 1972 on the land owned by the Church to provide an education for the children of the parish.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a Catholic Voluntary Aided School established for the education of Catholic children. We share many features with the best of schools but it is in Catholicism that the school finds its identity. We promote the Gospel values and aim to foster an environment in which the love of God is present and allows all members of our community to grow spiritually. The range of opportunities offered in the furtherance of this aim are varied.
Each day begins and ends with prayers. The whole School meets for Mass at the beginning and end of each school year and all children have the opportunity to attend Mass on holy days of obligation and on other major feast days. Class Masses are also held throughout the year. Other occasions on which children are invited to participate include the saying of the Rosary during May and October, Advent and Lent Penance Services, Stations of the Cross, Nativity Play, Passion Play and assemblies.
At Our Lady of Lourdes we recognise the importance of physical exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. We encourage a competitive spirit while recognising the value of cooperation, fair play and team work. Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced physical education curriculum that improves body awareness, co-ordination and promotes physical health and fitness. Throughout the year, children will have experiences of dance, gymnastics, games, athletics and swimming (Year 5).
In Enfield provision is made for all children to receive swimming lessons during Year 5. Water safety is an important feature of the curriculum which provides the child with essential life preserving skills.
Extra-curricular physical education clubs run by the school include football, netball, rounders, cricket and dance.