Well done Andrew. Enjoy your gap year, because you're going to go all out for a "First" at Uni aren't you?
then you wont worry about not reaching your expectations this time around.
Seriously, you did more than OK, so enjoy the break from studying.
LOL at the comments on American education! David, without being insulting, in my years of teaching, and with a fair few Americans attending ( I live near a US base) the standard of grades is way down on the kids I taught...dont know about grotty schools though.
Conversely, I never had a kid who'd had a Scottish education who wasn't streets ahead of the English children. I'm a HUGE fan of the Scottish Education System.
All the Americans could talk a hell of a lot better than my pupils though. Very articulate.