We don't mean to drone on about it, but our college is 50

PUBLISHED: 16:28 19 October 2015

Photographer Neil Ewins took this stunning aerial shot celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sidmouth College. Ref shs sidmouth college aerial 3. Picture: Neil Ewins

Photographer Neil Ewins took this stunning aerial shot celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sidmouth College. Ref shs sidmouth college aerial 3. Picture: Neil Ewins

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Sidmouth College students and staff pose for a school photograph with a difference - with this stunning aerial shot taken from 40 feet in the air.

Photographer Neil Ewins took this stunning aerial shot celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sidmouth College. Ref shs sidmouth college aerial 2. Picture: Neil EwinsPhotographer Neil Ewins took this stunning aerial shot celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sidmouth College. Ref shs sidmouth college aerial 2. Picture: Neil Ewins

More than 800 people squeezed into a template designed by Kate Truman and Charlotte Pollentine last Friday for the special snap to mark the college’s 50th anniversary.

Mrs Truman said: “We calculated how many people could fit in a square metre and measured it out with a metre wheel. We are thrilled with the photos – they are more than we hoped for.”

Capturing the image was photographer Neil Ewins, who navigated his S1000 Octocopter - an unmanned aerial vehicle - up to 40 feet before taking a series of photographs and videos for the school.

The picture had previously been delayed four times due to poor weather conditions.

Neil, a photographer of 15 years, said: “It was really exciting. I was quite pleased and to see all the children waving in unison was quite fantastic.”

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