Calendar Overlay Boosting Efficiency in Special Education

Calendar Overlay App enables efficient resource management and easy calendar access for special education school.


West Gate School is a special education school based in the UK. The school has 150 support and academic staff and 180 students aged between 4 – 19, with a wide range of special educational needs.

As Microsoft 365 users, the school was using multiple SharePoint and Outlook calendars to manage timetables, resources, and diaries.

But without the functionality to consolidate these calendars, they found that resources were being double-booked and staff were finding it difficult to access the information required.

They needed a solution that would allow them to view all their calendars in one place, enabling more efficient resource management and giving easy access to all staff.


After initially working on creating a custom-developed solution, West Gate discovered Cloudwell’s Calendar Overlay app on the SharePoint store.  

After downloading the free trial, they found the app easy to install and simple to use. 

With IT Network Manager Dan Plaza as the admin, staff make entries, add events, or make bookings via their own calendars and the information is dynamically pulled into Calendar Overlay for everyone to use as a reference point. 

The school has set up three distinct calendars using Calendar Overlay. A Whole School Calendar for managing trips, events, visitors and student reviews, an Admin Rooms calendar for booking room resources and a Curriculum Rooms calendar for managing school facilities.  

Staff can also choose how they view Calendar Overlay, so they only see the information that is relevant to them. 

West Gate School Calendar Overlay
Calendar Overlay App is helping UK school West Gate to better manage their resources.


More customizable look and feel than a native SharePoint calendar. 

Unlike the native SharePoint calendar, where color choices are limited, West Gate has found the options to be much more varied and distinct with Calendar Overlay. 

This has made it much easier for West Gate School users to distinguish between the different calendars. 

“Calendar Overlay sits on our SharePoint site really nicely. It doesn’t look like a third-party app. It looks like it belongs.”

All calendars in one place 

Being able to consolidate and view all the school’s calendars in one place has made managing the school’s resources and facilities so much easier and less time-consuming for staff. 

As the data from all the SharePoint and Outlook calendars are dynamically pulled into Calendar Overlay, staff make entries to the calendars they have access to, which are then displayed on the ‘master’ Calendar Overlay calendar on the school’s SharePoint site homepage. 

“We use Calendar Overlay to show the availability of our bookable rooms and equipment without the users having to manually add each calendar to their Outlook. We have multiple calendars showing different information embedded on our SharePoint Team sites so everyone can find the information they need quickly.”

Eliminates double bookings

West Gate School has found the Calendar Overlay app to be particularly useful for managing resources and eliminating double bookings. 

With a pool, outdoor sports facilities, a sensory room, an indoor sports hall and even a bus for school trips, staff can check availability and book facilities more easily via the centralized calendar that is always up to date. 

“Calendar Overlay has been really useful, especially with trips and buses, it has helped to reduce double bookings and confusion as to which buses are available and which are not.”

Quick and responsive customer service 

As well as liking the product, West Gate has been impressed by the customer support it has received from the Cloudwell team. 

When they discovered a unique issue relating to recurring events, they contacted Cloudwell for help. 

“They came on a Teams call with me, I shared my screen, they took a look at it and told me to leave it with them. A short time later they contacted me to say it had been fixed. The service was really quick.”


Could your education institution use a no-code, calendar overlay app to integrate and customize calendars from multiple data sources? 

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