I saw the movie on a video tape from the Tanzania English club in 1999.
The story is around a young boy and set in industrial northern England. The boy is about 12 years old, from a dysfunctional single parent (mother) family. He has an older, rebellious brother who eventually kills the boy's pet falcon in revenge for something the boy has done. The movie shows the boys experience in a typical secondary school. The tyrant sports teacher disallows the boy's saving a penalty kick, the headmaster gives a diatribe on boys like him.