Gifted children will at last be getting the special full-time attention they deserve, thanks to a private school that opens next month. The J. T. School, in Sai Wan Ho, has been set up by the Gifted Education Council, a private body that provides special study courses for extra bright children. Leung Siu-tong, the school's principal, said: 'Our target is to nurture exceptional intelligence and talent. We will not be focusing on academic work alone, but also tapping potential in other areas, like the fine arts and music.' The school will have an initial intake of 100 Primary One pupils, and provide general classroom subjects, as well as classes in music, painting and dancing to bring out the children's creativity. Mr Leung said it was a pity that so many gifted children went unnoticed and were neglected as a result of the limitations in the present education system. The Education Department identified about 13,000 potential high achievers in 81 primary schools before Hong Kong's Fung Hon Chu Gifted Education Centre opened in 1995, which provides after-school programmes for gifted children. The department also introduced a three-year pilot scheme on gifted education in 1994. But only 19 schools are willing to provide special education programmes, meeting the requirements of only about 200 gifted students. The rest are following the usual classroom curriculum. However, research officer Li Wing-ling, who works for the Centre for Child Development at Baptist University, does not think the new school would make a great difference in the education of very bright students. 'Different youngsters have different potential, and the school does not have the resources to develop all these children,' Ms Li said. Hong Kong's gifted education programmes lagged far behind those of China and Taiwan, she added. 'Schools in China and Taiwan have for several years had special programmes for bright students.' Ms Li, who is a researcher in children's creativity, believes a good education is one that makes the most of a child's potential and stimulates and nurtures the imagination. A creative mind also adapts better to social changes, she said.