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Elizabeth Sifleet and Elaine Kelly/Waterhouse

We bring news of the sad passing of two former members of staff

24 Jul 2018
Staff News
It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the recent passing of two much-loved and longstanding alumni of Francis Holland: Elizabeth Sifleet and Elaine Kelly/Waterhouse. Both were integral to the school community as staff and later as active Quondam members, and so we are sure many of you will have known one or both of these ladies.

Elizabeth was born in 1929, joined Francis Holland in 1965 and worked as Deputy Headmistress until 1983. She is well remembered for insprinig many girls to excel in mathematics.

Elaine joined Francis Holland in 1985 for 22 years, leaving in 2007. She worked as an ever-smiling librarian and also provided much-needed careers support and advice to girls.


Alumni are welcome to attend the services for Elizabeth and Elaine. Full details of each can be found below:

Elizabeth Sifleet
Alumni are invited to attend a memorial and thanksgiving service at 12.00 noon on Friday 10th August 2018 at All Saints Church, Cissbury Drive, Findon Valley BN14 0DT. A private family cremation will take place earlier in the day. If any alumni would like to say a few words at the memorial about Elizabeth's contribution to school life, please email

Elaine Kelly/Waterhouse
Alumni are invited to attend a memorial at 2.00pm on Thursday 26th July 2018 at the Hurley Church, Hurley, Buckinghamshire, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Crown pub on Hurley High Street. Attendees are  requested not to wear black. If you would like to attend, please email so that the family are aware of numbers prior to the memorial.


We shall be including a section in the forthcoming Quondam Magazine about both Elizabeth and Elaine; should you have any memories to include, please send them to so we can collate them for publication.


The families of both Elizabeth and Elaine have asked that, instead of flowers, should anyone wish to contribute, they would be very pleased for donations to one of the following charities:

Elizabeth's charities:

Elaine's charity:

We are very sad to be passing on this news and have sent our condolences on behalf of the school and alumni to both Elizabeth and Elaine's families. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

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