BUNCHES of balloons were released across the county yesterday as three schools joined together as part of the new Rivers CofE Multi Academy Trust.

Worcester's St Clements CE Primary School took to Sabrina Bridge to release one bunch while youngsters also let a collection of balloons go from the school playground.

They were joined by Revd Canon Dr Stuart Currie from the Diocese of Worcester and MP Robin Walker, who both attended the ceremony alongside some staff, pupils and parents.

Clusters of bright balloons were also set free in celebration at the partnership schools, Cutnall Green CE First in Droitwich and Heronswood Primary in Kidderminster.

Sandra Jennings, academy lead, said the release was a great way to mark the beginning of the Multi Academy Trust.

"It went really well," she said. "We rang each school and we did a countdown from ten to all release the balloons at once.

"After letting the balloons go on the bridge we could see the balloons over the road from the school. It was a great way to celebrate it."

The schools are now looking forward to working together.

"We are collaboratively working with the other schools, hopefully it was give the children much wider opportunities, different resources and different experiences from a wider range of teachers.

"We all have the same sort of vision and ethos and we are all moving in the same direction and want the same things for the children."