NEXT school is committed to making learning more engaging, rewarding and relevant. We are India’s first Big Picture Learning school. NEXT is supported by Marathon Group, a real estate developer in Mumbai, through it’s charitable enterprise – Ramniklal Zaverbhai Shah Trust.
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NEXT School aims to help students discover their passions and interests and unleash their innate drive to learn and contribute to the world. We personalise each student’s learning and, along with fulfilling academic requirements, help them do authentic, real world projects based on their interests where they learn by doing. Through this approach, we hope to help students learn how to do something productive and meaningful in the real world by doing what they love, which we believe will lead to a fulfilling life. Our approach encourages students to understand and appreciate differences and become compassionate, lifelong learners. 


We are a passionate group of educators determined to bring about a much needed upgrade to the current standardised system of schooling. Our team has extensive experience with leading international schools across the city and has recently undergone rigorous training in the US and in Australia by world-renowned thinkers and practitioners. We are united by a common goal – to bring the highest quality educational experience to our children.

CEO, Big Picture India and NEXT

Parmeet is the founder and CEO of Next and also works at Marathon Group. He has been scouring the globe for the best educational models for the last 6 years. He holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MS from Columbia University, USA.

Co-Founder, Big Picture Learning

Elliot, who is the co-founder of Big Picture Learning is our coach, mentor and guide. He has been involved in school reform for more than 30 years as a teacher, principal, administrator and writer. He leads Big Picture’s international endeavours and has been working very closely with our team

Head of School &  Primary Years Programme Co-ordinator

Radhika has over 16 years of teaching and leadership experience having taught in Mumbai and also overseas in Indonesia. She has founded 2 preschools and an inclusive school in India. She holds an International Montessori diploma, a B.Ed and M.Ed.

Early Childhood Programme Coordinator

Pragna has been an Early Childhood educator for 10 years with experience in curating engaging learning environments, designing curriculum and training teachers. Equipped with a PG Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Montessori education she is passionate about working with children.

Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator

Nikhil brings in 9 years of experience in developing content and curriculum for students and adults at Packt Publishing, Zaya Learning Labs and Kotak Education Foundation. He has an M.A in Education from Azim Premji University, an M.A. in Sociology and a B.E. in Computers.

Diploma Programme (IBDP) Coordinator

After completing Masters of Sciences in Industrial Engineering and a short stint with a reputed engineering company, Amar has been working in primary and college education since a decade. He also has a Masters of Arts in Education and has worked with Thermax Foundation. There, he worked with teachers and school leaders to develop a sustainable school development programme. 


Are you a passionate educator determined to make learning engaging, authentic and relevant for every child? We have a revolutionary proposition that you can help us bring to life.





RZ Shah is the founding father of Marathon. Many may know that before he started the business in 1969, he was actually an educationist. He’s had a very deep association with the very first school in Mulund – SMPR. He started as a student, became a teacher, and then the principal, then also became a trustee and president of the trust. For more than 50 years he has had a close relationship with this school, so education runs very deep in his veins. It has been a long standing dream of his to start a school in his hometown, for which he has spared no expense.

“My father, Zaverbhai Shah, came to Mulund in the early 1900s, more than 100 years ago. We are now in the 5th generation after him, all of whom have grown up in Mulund. Mulund is our community, and Mumbai is our homeland. This city, this community means everything to us. So it is with immense gratitude and pride that I’m announcing our biggest social endeavour till date – Next School.” – R.Z. Shah


Mr. Mayur Shah, Managing Director of Marathon Group has over 25 years of rich and varied experience in the real estate and construction industry. He is a civil engineer from the University of Bombay and MS in structural engineering from University of Oklahoma, USA. He is currently the President-Elect of MCHI, the association of real estate developers in Maharashtra and also the Vice President of Jain Jagruti Group.


Mr. Chetan R Shah, Vice Chairman of Marathon Group, has three decades of experience in planning, operations, quality assurance and execution of large projects. He is a B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay and M.S in Structural Engineering from the Houston University, USA. He is a past president of Lions Club Mulund and the current president of JITO, the Jain International Trade Organisation.

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